Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a rally in Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 22 that war zones in foreign countries are "safer" than some inner cities in the U.S. (video below).
Trump was allegedly continuing his effort to win over African-American voters, whom he is polling terribly with, Mediaite reports:
Our government has totally failed our African-American friends, our Hispanic friends and the people of our country period...
Poverty, rejection, horrible education, no housing, no homes, no ownership, crime at levels that nobody’s seen. You can go to war zones in countries that we’re fighting and it’s safer than living in some of our inner cities...
What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance. I’ll straighten it out. I’ll straighten it out.
CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" asked black voters in Akron on Aug. 22 if Trump's campaign strategy -- telling black people how horrible their lives are -- is working.
"I think it's stupid," one black woman said.
"I think that’s very insulting, and kind of racist," a young African-American woman stated.
"He don't care about blacks," a black man opined. "He don't."
A second black man added: "I think he’s an idiot, personally."
"Why'd you have the audacity to say that?" Tasia Anderson, a 22-year-old small business owner, said. "But you know that’s just how he does anything, he just kind of says anything."
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Aug. 23 finds Trump trailing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by 12 points among voters of all races.
Clinton came in at 45 percent, while Trump had 33 percent and 22 percent went to neither.
Earlier in the month, Clinton's lead over Trump was in the 3-9 point range in polls.
"Those who are wavering right now are just as likely to be thinking about supporting a third-party candidate instead, and not between Clinton and Trump," Tom Smith of the Center for the Study of Politics and Society at the University of Chicago told the news service.
When Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein were counted in the poll, Clinton had 41 percent, Trump was at 33 percent, Johnson pulled sevent percent and Stein got two percent.