Acting Democratic Party chief: Trump’s ‘delusional’ on blacks

The interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) says Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE is not connecting with black voters.

“His claims that the Democratic Party has failed African-Americans are every bit as wrong as his delusional claims that he can win 95 percent of the African-American vote,” Donna Brazile said in a Wednesday op-ed for USA Today. "He is polling at 1 percent among black voters for a reason."

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“Trump’s own words and deeds have made him a singularly unqualified messenger for reconciliation,” she added.  " Martin Luther King said, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’

“Trump’s support among African-Americans will continue to be virtually nil until we see some light and love from his campaign. I’m not holding my breath.”

Brazile criticized Trump for suggesting Democrats possess a stranglehold on black voters, saying the African-American community is not "under Democratic control." 

“African-Americans are part of the Democratic Party, an integral part,” Brazile, who is black, added. "We’re a valued part of the family. And just like any family, sometimes relationships are rocky. We’ve had disagreements.

“But we have come out of them stronger and more unified thanks to leaders like [President] Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump averages highest approval rating of his presidency in second quarter: Gallup The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE and [Democratic presidential nominee] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE.”

Brazile called on black voters to reject Trump in November, saying the hallmark of the billionaire's candidacy "has been incendiary statements designed to divide America and demonize minority communities, from his deplorable birtherism to his ‘law and order’ rhetoric.” 

“What we have to lose is a tried and tested relationship with a party that has welcomed African-Americans, given us a voice, and helped us for decades to advance our interests — a party devoted to the well-being of all Americans.”

Trump has expanded his outreach to black voters this month as he seeks to close the gap with Clinton in state and national polls.

Clinton leads Trump by about 6 points in the latest RealClearPolitics average of national polls.

Trump said last Thursday that black voters should rethink their traditional support for Democrats.

“Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership. Look at the schools, look at the 58 percent of young African-Americans not working,” he said n Charlotte, N.C. "What do you have to lose by trying something new? I will fix it."