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Top House Democrat: Black men can get killed and the president won't say a word

Top House Democrat: Black men can get killed and the president won't say a word
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Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondDemocrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump combative, Biden earnest during distanced TV duel Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins MORE (D-La.) suggested President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE’s efforts to reach out to Black male voters won’t be effective amid protests over police brutality and what the congressmen said is Trump’s failed efforts to address issues facing Black Americans. 

“Donald Trump very effectively in 2016 raised the question to Black men, ‘what do you have to lose?’” Richmond, who serves as co-chair of Democrat Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE's presidential campaign, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked about Trump’s efforts to appeal to Black men. 

“I think now Black men see clearly what they have to lose, they can get killed and the president won't say a word. Won't utter Jacob Blake’s name, will not talk about police reform,” Richmond added, referring to the Black man who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisc. on Monday. 

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In addition to issues of police brutality, Richmond hit Trump over an “incompetent” response to the COVID-19 pandemic which he said is hurting Black businesses. 

“You look at unemployment, Black unemployment is twice that of white unemployment. The fact that almost 40 percent of Black businesses will not survive this COVID-19 incompetent response — Black men see that,” Richmond said. 

He said Democrats, in looking to boost Biden, will talk “directly to Black men,” without making assumptions or taking them for granted. 

“So whether it’s about mass incarceration, economic opportunity, homeownership, college affordability, increasing education funding, all of those things,” the congressman said. “So we're going to go where Black men are and we're talk to Black men about their issues, but I think they see clearly what it is they have to lose now.”

--This report was updated at 1:25 p.m.