President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE on Thursday thanked black voters for not coming out to vote for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE on Election Day.

During a stop on his “thank you” tour in Hershey, Pa., Trump credited his strategy of asking black people “what the hell [they] have to lose” by supporting him.


“And you know what else?” he said. “They didn’t come out to vote for Hillary. They didn’t come out. So thank you to the African-American community.”

“Thank you to the Hispanic community,” he added.

At another rally last week, Trump similarly touted that it was good for him that black voters didn't turn out at the polls.

"If they had any doubt, they didn't vote, and that was almost as good, because a lot of people didn't show up, because they felt good about me,” he said.

Clinton trounced Trump among African-American voters, 89 percent to 8 percent, according to exit polls. However, it was actually a slight decline for the Democrat candidate from 2012, when President Obama beat Mitt Romney among black voters, 93 percent to 6 percent.

Trump’s campaign message to black voters was centered on the idea that they should give him a chance because the Democratic Party had failed them. 

He often remarked during rallies that African-Americans couldn’t so much as walk to the store in their communities without fear of being shot and frequently summed up his outreach with: “What the hell do you have to lose?”