Leaders and parishioners at Antioch Road to Glory International Ministries in Charlotte, North Carolina welcomed Lara Trump, Trump’s daughter-in-law and wife to Eric Trump, as she pitched why the GOP nominee stands as the perfect candidate to appeal to African-American voters. Trump did not attend the event on August 7th.
“It is not easy to go against the grain,” Lara Trump said during her speech. Trump spoke to her father-in-law’s moral character and business savvy, saying that those credentials alone would suffice for the role of president.
Other speakers included former Apprentice star and Trump’s director of African-American Outreach Omarosa Manigualt, Katrina Pierson, Trump’s National Spokesperson, Lynne Patton, VP of the Eric Trump Foundation, Pastor Mark Burns, and supporters Diamond and Silk.
But Trump appeals minimally to African-Americans. Recent polling shows support at one to two percent. The website FiveThirtyEight released a study that shows Trump polls in fourth place among all other presidential candidates.
According to The News & Observer, other speakers at the event tried ramping up support by laying out the Republican Party’s historic relationship with African-Americans. Though in the last 100 years, the GOP has struggled to find footing with Blacks and Latinos.
Thomas Rodgers, Antioch’s pastor, said that it was imperative for Blacks to support Trump and echoed comments he made in a recent CNN interview in which he said Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was not fit to lead the country, calling her “dangerous.”
Katrina Rodgers, his daughter, also spoke to Trump’s leadership, echoing that his economic prowess made him the best choice for president. Rodgers said the Democratic Party made Blacks reliant on government handouts.
In the same CNN interview as her father, Rodgers claimed Clinton’s support of the three strike 1994 crime bill that disproportionately affects African-Americans made her unfit to be president and said it was time to break away from policies that support more of the same and it’s time to “do something new.”
Rodgers and other leaders acknowledge that in order to garner solid support, her church would like to discuss an economic plan with Trump that would link Black-owned businesses in the United States and across Africa in hope of bringing jobs to all Black communities.
SOURCE: The News & Observer, YouTube | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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