Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continued his late-starting effort to court black voters by blasting the Democratic Party as "the party of slavery."
During a speech in Everett, Washington, on Aug. 30 Trump touted the GOP as the party of President Abraham Lincoln and said, “the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, the party of oppression," reports Real Clear Politics.
He added: “Our party will fight to bring hope to every forgotten stretch of this country. Once again, we will be One American Nation.”
Later in the speech, Trump acknowledged the problems plaguing black communities in urban centers.
"Every child in this country -- in Detroit, in Baltimore, in Chicago -- has the right to live out their lives in safety and peace,” Trump said.
Trump's recent strategy has been to point out the economic and crime problems facing black communities and blame Democratic policies for not helping to solve them.
"The Democrats have failed completely in the inner cities,” Trump told a crowd in Ohio on Aug. 22, reported The Washington Post. “For those hurting the most who have been failed and failed by their politician -- year after year, failure after failure, worse numbers after worse numbers. Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels that nobody has seen.”
Trump added: “What the hell do you have to lose? Give me a chance. I'll straighten it out. I'll straighten it out. What do you have to lose?"
Trump trails Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by large numbers among minority voters, but the difference is especially stark among black voters.
According to a Public Policy Polling, Trump was at 0 percent among African-American voters: 97 percent viewed him as unfavorable and 3 percent were undecided. The poll asked black voters whether they thought Trump was more favorable compared to an array of unfavorable things and people, including bedbugs, disgraced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and public restrooms.
Trump scored better than bedbugs and Lochte, but lost against public restrooms.