Remarks deemed “racist” by Trump to African-American voters cause an outcry

Donald Trump has attracted a slew of criticism following statements about the African-American population.
The former American president notably made the link between the various legal proceedings opened against him and the discrimination suffered by African-Americans.

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New comments that will cause a lot of ink to flow. During a meeting with a group of conservative African Americans in South Carolina on Friday, Donald Trump said “a lot of people say that black people like him because they have suffered so much and been discriminated against and they see him as someone who has been discriminated against”. Comments in reference to the multiple legal proceedings opened against the former American president.

The one who hopes to reconquer the White House in the next elections has gone even further. “I am indicted for you, the American people. I am indicted for you, the black population”he assured. “Some of the greatest evils in our nation’s history have come from corrupt systems that attempt to target and subjugate others to deprive them of their freedom and rights. I believe this is the reason for which black people are so on my side today, because they see that what happens to me happens to them too”, he declared again. Mired in several cases, the billionaire continued the parallel about his mugshot. “You know who embraced it more than anyone else? The black population, it’s incredible”he quipped.

“Racist” comments

These comments were strongly criticized on both sides of the political spectrum, with many elected officials seeing very unwelcome connections between African-Americans and crime. “It’s disgusting”protested Saturday Nikki Haley, the only notable candidate still in the running for the Republican primaries against Donald Trump. “This is the chaos that accompanies Donald Trump, and this kind of offensive language will continue every day until the election”, she warned. At the same time, an official from Joe Biden’s campaign team, Cedric Richmond, described these comments as “racist”. “For Donald Trump to claim that African-Americans will support him because of his criminal charges is insulting. It’s stupid”he castigated in a press release.

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Donald Trump and Nikki Haley face off this Saturday in a Republican primary in South Carolina. The former president is expected to win once again against his rival.

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