Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE declared that the Republican Party "must do better" in reaching out to black Americans as he called on the GOP to return to its roots as the party of Abraham Lincoln.
The Republican presidential nominee has spent the past few days making an appeal to African-American voters. He seems to be refining the message, and in the latest in a series of scripted speeches on Saturday, he acknowledged the GOP's struggle to win over black voters.
"I fully recognize that outreach to the African-American community is an area where the Republican Party must do better. The GOP is the party of Lincoln, and I want our party to be the home of the African-American vote once again," Trump told supporters during a rally in Fredericksburg, Va.
"We reject the bigotry of [Democratic nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE, who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future."
It's the fourth consecutive speech in which Trump has specifically called on African-Americans to join him.
During a Friday night rally in Michigan, Trump similarly claimed that Democrats have been taking advantage of African-American voters. But he framed his argument in a much harsher light, asking black voters what they have to lose by voting for him.
"You’re living in poverty; your schools are no good; you have no jobs; 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?" Trump said Friday.
"At the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get 95 percent of the African-American vote, I promise you, because I will produce for the inner cities and I will produce for the African-Americans, and the Democrats will not produce, and all they've done is taken advantage of your votes."
Trump's poll numbers with African-American voters have been dismal. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from earlier this month showed him getting just 1 percent of the black vote to Clinton's 91 percent.