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Trump Decries 'Rampant' Crime, Biden Attacks His Felonies

Donald Trump repeated his characterization of Black communities as dangerous and depressed on Saturday, courting voters in Detroit, a city he has called “hell” and “totally corrupt” as his campaign hopes incremental gains with Black voters could be decisive in swing states. "Look, the crime is most rampant right here and in African American communities,” Trump said at 180 Church in Detroit. “More people see me and they say, ‘Sir, we want protection. We want police to protect us. We don’t want to get robbed and mugged and beat up or killed because we want to walk across the street to buy a loaf of bread.’” The audience, which was not predominantly Black, cheered. He returned to the topic of crime when asked how he would address Black entrepreneurship. “The biggest thing we can do is stop the crime,” he said, reports the Washington Post. Black voters have overwhelmingly favored Democrats since the civil rights movement. Polls show Trump has made gains with Black men, alarming some Democrats because even a small change in Black turnout or preferences could tip such pivotal states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia.


Many Black Americans have taken offense at Trump’s overtures to their community as playing on racial stereotypes, such as his suggestion that Black voters will look more favorably on his candidacy now that he has a mug shot and has faced criminal prosecution. In another speech last weekend, Trump falsely accused et Biden of using the term “super predators” to describe violent criminals as part of his effort to justify the 1994 federal crime law. Opponents of the bill criticized that term as dehumanizing. While Trump’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, used the term, there is no evidence that Biden did. on Monday, Biden’s campaign is unleashing its most biting attack yet against Trump, ripping into his 34 felonies in a TV ad for the first time after largely ignoring his criminal trial for weeks, reports Politico. The ad, part of the campaign’s $50 million June ad buy, represents a test of whether a scorching negative campaign against the former president can drag him down from his current polling lead. The aid, airing in battleground states, casts the election as a stark choice “between a convicted criminal who’s only out for himself and a president who’s fighting for your family.”

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