Donald Trump’s piss poor excuse for “outreach” to minority communities, particularly African-Americans, has been the source of much contention over the past few days. Corey Lewandowski managed to make Trump’s pandering to black voters exponentially worse last night when he argued that the Republican nominee won’t speak in black communities because he fears for his safety.
During a panel discussion with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night, Lewandowski was asked why Trump is trying to woo black voters by addressing predominately white crowds. After all, it would seem rather obvious that his message would ring truer if he were to speak to African-Americans in their own communities.
Lewandowski’s answer succeeded in making Trump and his bigoted campaign look even worse than before.
You know what’s amazing to me is that no one remembers Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university. And remember what happened? It was so chaotic and it was so out-of-control that the Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him you cannot get in and out of the facility safely. And that rally was cancelled.
“What does that have to do with communicating with the black community?” several of the panelists asked indignantly.
“Look!” Lewandowski retorted,“That is a black community. He went to the heart of Chicago to give a speech to the University of Chicago in a campus that is predominately African-American to make that argument. And you know what happened? The campus was overrun and it was not a safe environment.”
“Would you acknowledge that not all black communities all over the country are still not monolithic. So if he tried the same thing in Cleveland–,” replied panelist Angela Rye.
But Lewandowski cut her off mid-sentence, saying “He tried to go to Chicago and wasn’t allowed to make the speech–” as Rye shot back, “What about Dallas? What about Los Angeles?”
Lewandowski then replied that they were arguing about the venue rather than the content of the message itself but Rye wasn’t letting him get away with the old bait and switch he was trying to pull.
“I just tried to tell you it’s not monolithic,” she stated.
“So whose fault is that that that particular event in Chicago was completely destroyed?” he asked.
“It’s not all black people!” Rye shot back. To which Lewandowski replied, “I didn’t say it was.”
Conservative CNN commentator Tara Setmayer then jumped in to point out to Lewandowski that, just like all the other crowds Trump has drawn, the crowd in Chicago was “predominately white.” But Lewandowski argued that since the event was open to the public, so surely “some African-Americans” must have been in attendance. At this point, Setmayer threw her hands into the air in exasperation.
Watch the exchange below:
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