President Donald Trump said Friday Democrats don’t “know Black Americans like I do” but also strongly denounced Black Lives Matter, saying it’s hurting the Black community.
“This is an unusual name for an organization whose ideology and tactics are right now destroying many Black lives,” Trump said.
Trump made the remarks in Atlanta while unveiling his plan for Black economic empowerment during a two-day swing-state campaign, attempting to target African-American and Hispanic voters.
He accused the BLM group of chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” – a reference to killing police officers, although it’s unclear if protesters who have used the chant are BLM members.
“Today’s Democrat Party is run by out of touch liberal hypocrites who stereotype you, disrespect you and sell you out,” Trump said. “They’re only good for your six month period, six months before the election and then…They forget all about you. They’re gone.”
The Trump campaign believes any erosion of Democrats’ overwhelming advantage with Black voters could help the president in close races in battlegrounds, including Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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