(The Contributor) -- Contrary to recent headlines, Donald Trump isn’t reaching out to African-Americans. He isn’t even talking to us. He’s talking past us, and saying exactly what his alt-right base wants to hear him saying to black folks.
Donald Trump is telling African-Americans that our biggest problems are simply the result of listening to the wrong white people.
As Isaiah Poole wrote in, “Donald Trump’s Most Racist Speech Ever,” Trump stood in front of an all-white audience in the 95-percent-white suburb of West Bend, Wis., called for “law and order,” and denounced the “war on police,” even as the death of another black man in a police-involved shooting caused unrest in Milwaukee, just 25 miles away. Trump feigned concern for African-Americans, and repeated well-worn Republican rhetoric, that African-Americans have been taken advantage of by Democrats.
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Speaking in Dimondale, Mich., the predominantly white suburb of Lansing, Trump again stood in from of an all-white room and pretended to be speaking to African-American voters. “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed,” Trump said. “What the hell do you have to lose?”