President Trump appeals to Black voters at Atlanta campaign event

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – President Donald Trump returned to the Peach State Friday for a campaign event, making his case to Black voters.

On his second trip in recent months, the president unveiled his “Platinum Plan” for “Black Economic Empowerment” and said he supports making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Almost a year ago, the president kicked off the “Black Voices for Trump” coalition in Atlanta to help win Georgia’s African American vote.

Friday at the Cobb Galleria, Trump made rare references to the recent killings of Black men and women at the hands of police.

He said the nation is grieving the “senseless” deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery — but also said the Black Lives Matter movement is hurting the Black community.

“This is an unusual name for an organization whose ideology and tactics are right now destroying many Black lives,” Trump said.

Joe Biden released a statement ahead of Trump’s visit saying the president has failed on his “Make America Great Again” platform.

“As president, I will work to advance racial equity across the American economy and build back better,” the statement reads, in part. “I promise to fight for Black working families and direct real investments to advance racial equity as part of our nation’s economic recovery.”

The Democratic Party of Georgia released a statement earlier this week, saying a campaign visit won’t change what Black Georgians have lost under Trump’s presidency.

“From Trump’s complete mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic that has disproportionately harmed Black and Brown communities, to his continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and his refusal to address the systemic racism that is hurting Black and Brown Americans, Donald Trump has failed our community, and no campaign visit at the eleventh hour can change that reality,” the statement reads, in part.

Also on Friday, Trump visited the near Miami, Florida to woo Hispanic voters. He’ll end the day in Newport News, Virginia.

Some story info via The Associated Press

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