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Obama Tells Black Voters They’re Not Doing Enough To Elect Clinton


Amid signs that black voters aren’t fired up about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Obama told African-Americans Wednesday their turnout in early voting states “is not as solid as it needs to be.”

In an interview on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, a radio program that caters to a large black audience, the president also warned that if Donald Trump wins the election next week, the Republican nominee would undo his administration’s legacy.

“I’m going to be honest with you right now, because we track, we’ve got early voting, we’ve got all kinds of metrics to see what’s going on, and right now, the Latino vote is up. Overall vote is up. But the African-American vote right now is not as solid as it needs to be,” Obama said.

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“If we let this thing slip and I’ve got a situation where my last two months in office are preparing for a transition to Donald Trump, whose staff people have said that their primary agenda is to have him in the first couple of weeks sitting in the Oval Office and reverse every single thing that we’ve done,” Obama added.

Obama thinks because African Americans can be told to vote Hillary because he’s black and they will vote race over ethics! Shame divider

— Kimberly Salter (@SalterKimberly) November 2, 2016

The comments were reminiscent of the president’s declaration last month that he would take it as a “personal insult” if black voters didn’t turn out to elect Clinton.

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Early voting among African-Americans is down in crucial battleground states. In North Carolina, the number of black voters casting ballots early is down 16 percent compared with 2012, The New York Times reported. Additionally, the number of African-Americans voting early in Florida is down 10 percent compared with four years ago.

Trump has made African-American outreach a key part of his campaign. In September, he called for a new civil rights agenda and stressed the need for better schools and employment opportunities in black communities.

“I believe we need a civil rights agenda for our time, one that ensures the rights to a great education, so important, and the right to live in a good-paying job and one that you love to go to every morning,” Trump said.

“I fully understand that the African-American community is suffering from discrimination and that there are many wrongs that must still be made right,” Trump added. “I want to make America prosperous for everyone. I want to make this city the economic envy of the world, and we can do that.”

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In an August appearance on Fox News, he said, “The African-American people have been absolutely mistreated and abused by Democratic politicians, who have taken advantage of them.”

After citing statistics about crime, poverty, employment and education to back up his point, he asked black voters to “vote for me. What do you have to lose? I can’t do worse. You can’t do any worse than what these people have been doing, and I will do better.”

Some black celebrities have come out against Obama and warned that black voters shouldn’t be fooled again. Sean “Diddy” Combs said the African-American community had been “shortchanged” by the president.

“This is politics. You put somebody in office, you get in return the things that you care about for your communities. I think we got a little bit shortchanged,” Combs told MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton in September.

During a rally Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, the president implored supporters to “work as hard for her as you did for me.”

Obama warned that if Trump was elected, Americans could expect large tax cuts for the wealthy, the removal of millions of people on Medicaid and cuts to Pell grants. He also said the Republican nominee would reverse his progress on college affordability, global warming and early childhood education.

But as the election draws closer to the end, some people just aren’t buying the promises anymore. Last week, an MSNBC reporter found this out the hard way when he tried to get a group of black Trump supporters, who identified themselves as Trina and Gloria, to say something negative about Trump.

“We heard a lot of criticisms of Trump’s inner city policies. What do you make of that criticism? I am sure you heard it,” the reporter asked.

“Well, I think Trump is reaching out to all citizens, including African-Americans. He’s trying to address a problem,” replied Trina. “It should not be a problem if you address there is something wrong and you got a plan that wants to help people.”

“My word to all black Americans, one thing I would like to say is: Let’s not be deceived,” said Gloria.

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