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Black voters bash Trump: ‘It’s like he watches The Wire’ to learn about African-Americans

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Donald Trump at a rally in Ottumwa, Iowa (Evan Guest/Flickr)

Donald Trump has been supposedly reaching out to black voters by telling them that they are so poor and their lives are so miserable, that they have nothing to lose by voting for him.

Unsurprisingly, most black Americans aren’t buying it.

The New York Times has published a lengthy piece filled with interviews of black voters who are reacting with incredulity to Trump asking them “what the hell do you have to lose” by voting for him.

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In short, they were not happy to hear that Trump believes black voters all live in inner cities where they can’t walk outside their houses every day for fear of getting shot.

“He is giving voice to every stereotype he’s ever heard,” Alexis Scott, a former publisher of The Atlanta Daily World, told the Times. “I heard someone say, ‘It’s like he only watches ‘The Wire,’ and that’s what he knows about black people.”

“It’s an inaccurate portrayal of the community that seeks to define the community by only its biggest challenges,” said National Urban League president Marc Morial. “Black America has deep problems — deep economic problems — but black America also has a large community of striving, successful, hard-working people: college educated, in the work force

Anthony Simpson, who owns a demolition business, told the Times that he was not surprised that Trump’s outreach to black Americans was so tone deaf, especially given that he’s already said so many things that are offensive to Latinos, Muslims and other minorities.

“He eventually was going to get around to it,” Simpson said of Trump offending black people.

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