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‘He’s an idiot’: Watch black voters react to Trump’s ‘What the hell do you have to lose?’ pitch

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Donald Trump has been trying to woo black voters in a rather… unorthodox way.

Over the past several days, Trump has told black voters that they might as well pull the lever for him because they’re living in squalor and couldn’t possibly be doing any worse than how they’re doing right now.

“You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said during a rally last week.

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CNN’s Gary Tuchman went out and talked to several black voters in Akron, Ohio and found that most of them were decidedly unimpressed by his overtures.

“I think he’s stupid,” said one voter when asked to respond to Trump telling black voters they have nothing to lose by voting for him.

“I think that’s very insulting and kind of racist,” said another.

“I think he’s an idiot, personally,” said another.

Tasia Anderson, a 22-year-old small business owner who just opened up her own boutique in West Akron, seemed particularly annoyed by Trump’s comments that black people are all living in poverty.

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“Why would you have the audacity to say that?” she asked rhetorically. “That’s just how he does anything, he just kind of says anything.”

Norlande Dochis, a law school student living in Akron, shared this sentiment.

“It’s very insulting and it really surprises me that someone could think to say something like that,” she said. “Especially generalizing in such a way that he doesn’t know any individual people.”

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Check out the full segment below.

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