Donald Trump’s reception for his politically charged and ill-timed visit to Atlanta on Friday to launch his new African American voters coalition is drawing concern from community activists and corporate leaders.
Trump is hoping to boost his numbers by unveiling a new initiative called “Black Voices for Trump.” He will discuss the plan at his rally in downtown Atlanta.
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence launched Black Voices for Trump on Friday, Nov. 8 in Atlanta, Georgia. The event featured the Honorable Ben Carson and Senior Advisor Katrina Pierson who both emphasized the administration’s policies that have empowered African American communities across the country.
His campaign picked Atlanta because of its role as an epicenter of black life and the region’s fast-growing population, according to a senior White House official.
“94 percent of Black Georgians voted Democratic, and I see that number only continuing to increase. As for that 6 percent, they’re a bit confused, don’t understand what Donald Trump and his Republican Party are doing to do to affect the black community,” said Georgia Democratic Party Chair State Sen. Nikema Williams.
Although Black conservatives only make up 8 percent of the African American voting pool, several Atlanta-based leaders including Alveda King, a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Bruce Levell, a Dunwoody jeweler who was a leader in Trump’s black outreach group in 2016, have been very vocal of their support for the Republican incumbent.
Trump’s visit Friday will be his second stop in Georgia this year.
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence launched Black Voices for Trump today in Atlanta, Georgia. The event featured the Honorable Ben Carson and Senior Advisor Katrina Pierson who both emphasized the administration’s policies that have empowered African American communities across the country.
“African Americans have given their blood, sweat, love, devotion, and tears for this nation,” said President Trump. “You deserve a government that is loyal to YOU. After years of rebuilding foreign nations, we are finally rebuilding OUR nation. We are investing YOUR communities, defending YOUR safety, and fighting for YOUR dreams and YOUR children’s future.”
Black Voices for Trump is comprised of black business owners, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, veterans, educators, activists and patriots who have dedicated their lives to building stronger communities and a better country for future generations to come. These trailblazers have made significant contributions to our nation and exemplify the best of America.