Trump's Florida Black Outreach: Campaign Ignores Blacks

| by Michael Allen
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Sean P. Jackson, head of the Black Republican Caucus of South Florida, recently asserted that Republican nominee Donald Trump's Florida campaign is ignoring black voters.

"Mr. Trump really does have a sincere, passionate interest in a black outreach, but his campaign staff has dropped the ball," Jackson (pictured with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump) told the Miami New Times. "That all starts with Karen Giorno. She has repeatedly failed at embracing blacks across the state."

Giorno, who is Trump's Florida campaign manager, did not respond to the newspaper's questions.

Jackson recalled that Giorno blocked him from going backstage during a recent Trump rally in Florida.

Two unidentified sources told BuzzFeed News that Secret Service agents escorted Jackson out of the Trump event, and Giorno refused to vouch for him.

"The crazy part about it is that the Secret Service had already cleared me to be back there, and yet she made a scene and claimed that she didn't know who I was," Jackson said.

Giorno refused to comment to BuzzFeed News, which also reported that Jackson told some friends that Giorno told him that Trump doesn't need Jackson's "classification of people" to win.

Jackson told the New Miami Times that black voters are poised to flee the Democratic Party, which has been fighting for civil rights since President Harry Truman:

I have been saying repeatedly that you cannot go into a black community in the ninth hour of a campaign and ask them to vote for a GOP candidate. The party has done a piss-poor job of courting the black vote over 50 years. So you have to have more vested interest in time and in your financial effort for the whole campaign, not just in the last 100 days.

Jackson's criticisms do not extend to Trump's national campaign staff, which has seen much turmoil with the addition of new head Stephen Bannon, and the resignation of campaign manager Paul Manafort on Aug. 19.

"I have called and emailed and text messaged every way I can to Karen and her staff ... trying to impress on her how important this outreach is. It's fallen on deaf ears," Jackson insisted. "This is why you have this scenario playing out where the narrative is that Trump couldn't give two craps about blacks, which is just not true."

According to Jackson, Trump wants to rebuild the U.S. military, even though the U.S. reportedly spends 53 cents of every tax dollar on defense, and fix the economy, which has seen record stock markets and a drop in unemployment in every state.

"My physical attitude now is that I've hit this crossroads, but my spirit will not allow me to stop working for Mr. Trump," Jackson declared. "I know this is much bigger than me. It's much bigger than any one person."

Jake Anantha, a Republican whose grandparents immigrated from India, was ejected from a Trump rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina, on Aug. 18.

The 18-year-old college student was clad in a Trump T-shirt as police escorted him out.

Jake's dad, Ramesh Anantha, said: "It’s unbelievably ironic. [Jake] should have been looked at as a perfect Trump supporter. He should have been somebody they’re putting up on stage."

Kirk Bell, who works for Trump’s North Carolina campaign, said on Aug. 19 that he is investigating the incident.

According to Jake, a security staffer tapped him on the shoulder and said, "We know who you are. You’ve been at many other rallies."

Jake said this was his first Trump rally, but police walked him out of the building, per the Trump campaign.

"I thought [Trump] was for all people," Jake added. "I don’t believe he is for all people anymore. Why are all these white people allowed to attend and I’m not?”

"It was a very rude introduction into the world of politics," Ramesh stated. "We realize Donald Trump himself had nothing to do with this problem, but it’s the type of campaign he’s running."

Sources: Miami New Times, BuzzFeed News, Charlotte Observer / Photo credit: Sean P. Jackson/Facebook via BuzzFeed News

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