Trump seeks to win over black and Latino voters in New York

Trump seeks to win over black and Latino voters in New York

Donald Trump held a campaign rally in New York’s South Bronx neighborhood as he seeks to win over black and Latino voters ahead of November’s presidential election.

Among those with whom he shared the stage Thursday was Florida Republican Byron Donalds, a black congressman and rumored as a possible running mate.

It was Trump’s first rally in New York in about eight years, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee tries to make inroads among ethnic minority voters.

A recent New York Times-Sienna poll suggests that Democrat Joe Biden is losing support among that crucial voting bloc in key states.

The Bronx is a predominantly Hispanic and black neighborhood and a Democratic stronghold.

Trump spent a lot of time speaking directly to New York audiences about his digital footprint in the city, the place where he built much of his fortune and fame.

“We inspired the entire world,” he said at the beginning of his roughly 90-minute speech, but he now sees the city spiraling into “decay,” describing it as a place plagued by crime and crumbling infrastructure.

He blamed Biden and the record levels of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for having an economic impact on minority voters.

“The biggest negative impact (of illegal immigration) is against our black population and our Hispanic population, who are losing their jobs, their homes, losing everything they can lose,” Trump told the crowd.

Before Trump arrived, there was concern about how he would be received in the Bronx.

“I wish it would just go away,” one man told the New York Times before the demonstration.

“No one I know supports him.”

Police presence was heavy in Crotona Park as counterprotesters gathered in front of the demonstration.

They were eventually removed by the New York police, according to CBS, the BBC’s American media partner.

But people who spoke to the BBC said they appreciate Trump’s willingness to step out of his comfort zone.

“It’s a bold move for him to come to the Bronx,” Geoffrey Davis said. “What he has done here is very respectful.”

Davis said he supports Trump because “when he was president, there were no wars. No Ukraine-Russia. No Israel-Gaza.”

Thamar Corniel, a Trump supporter who was born in the Dominican Republic, said: “He is America first.”

Trump has increasingly tried to make inroads into minority communities in hopes they can make a difference in crucial swing states.

Biden and Trump are locked in a tight race ahead of the Nov. 5 election.

In April, during a break in his criminal hush money trial in New York, Trump stopped by a Harlem corner store.

He also spoke at a gala for the Black Conservative Federation, an organization that works to broaden Republican support among black voters, and hired a black media director, Janiyah Thomas.

But there have been missteps.

In February, he came under fire for saying his four criminal indictments increase his appeal among black Americans because they see him as a victim of discrimination.

A recent New York Times-Sienna poll indicated that Trump is beating Biden in five battleground states, in part due to black and Latino voters drifting away from the Democratic Party.

President Biden has taken notice (that bloc was crucial to his victory in 2020) and has spent millions of dollars on targeted ad campaigns.

Young voters and non-white voters appear to be losing faith in Biden and Democrats as they grow frustrated over issues such as inflation and the White House’s support for Israel.

During President Biden’s recent commencement address at Morehouse College, a historically black college, several graduates turned their backs on the president during the ceremony in protest of his handling of the war in Gaza.