Donald Trump said something pretty significant to the black community last night, and it has his popularity rising among the traditionally Democrat voting bloc.
According to an Los Angeles Times poll, Trump's popularity among blacks jumped from the low single digits up to 14.6%. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton, who has had a stranglehold on the black community, saw her popularity dip from nearly 90% to 80%.
So what did Trump say in his speech last night at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina?
According to a full transcript on The Hill, Trump acknowledged that poverty is high in the black community but gave them this guarantee: "Jobs, safety, opportunity. Fair and equal representation. This is what I promise to African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and all Americans."
He expressed regret for having offended people in the past, although he didn't give specifics.
"Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing," Trump said. "I have done that, and I regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues. But one thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth. I speak the truth for all of you and for everyone in this country who doesn’t have a voice."
Trump then spoke about systems in America that are failing minorities, alluding to past Democrat policies and saying, "I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens. Aren’t you tired of arrogant leaders who look down on you, instead of serving and protecting you?"
On education, Trump said, "My opponent wants to deny students choice and opportunity, all to get a little bit more money from the education bureaucracy. She doesn’t care how many young dreams are dashed in the process. We are going to work closely with African-American parents and students in the inner cities — and what a big difference that will make."
Trump concluded with a call for unity: "We are going to bring this country together. We are going to do it by emphasizing what we all have in common as Americans. We are going to reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which sees communities of color only as votes and not as human beings worthy of a better future."
"If African-American voters give Donald Trump a chance by giving me their vote," he added, "The result for them will be amazing. Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership — look at the schools, look at the 58% of young African-Americans not working. It is time for change. What do you have to lose by trying something new? I will fix it."
What do you think of this?