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President Donald Trump on Friday introduced a plan to invest some $500 billion in black communities while adding lynching to the list of federal hate crimes and making Juneteenth a national holiday.
The proposals, contained in what’s being called a “Platinum Plan,” include designating the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations.
“For decades, Democrat politicians like Joe Biden have taken black voters for granted. They made you big promises before every election—and then the moment they got to Washington, they abandoned you and sold you out,” President Trump said in unveiling his plan during a speech at the Black Economic Empowerment Conference in Atlanta.
“The Democrats will always take black voters for granted until large numbers of black Americans vote Republican,” he added.
The plan contains four pillars — “Opportunity,” “Security,” “Prosperity,” and “Fairness.”
“By achieving historic employment levels for Black Americans, as well as increasing access to capital for new businesses, President Trump has been committed to ensuring all Black Americans can achieve the American Dream,” the proposal notes.
“President Trump has brought common sense criminal justice reform to the American people for the first time in decades, while ensuring that our streets and communities are safe for families and business owners,” it adds, pointing out that Trump signed the “First Step Act,” a prison reform measure that has been well-received by a number of black Americans.
The plan also notes that the president has provided higher levels of funding to historically black colleges and “continues to seek immediate and generational advancement for Black Americans.”
It also calls for the creation of 3 million new jobs for black Americans and 500,000 new black-owned businesses. Additional proposals include providing black churches opportunities to “compete for federal resources” for the communities they serve, ensure quality policing, bolster black home ownership, and “financial literacy,” and bringing back jobs and industries from overseas that will better support black-owned firms.
Also, the plan commits the president to work on passage of a “Second Step Act” which would include a “national clemency project to right wrongful prosecutions and to pardon individuals who have reformed their (lives).”
Democrats “only care about power for themselves, whatever that means. My opponent is offering Black Americans nothing but the same old, tired, empty slogans,” the president said.
The plan also borrows from and builds on earlier proposals made by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only black Republican in the upper chamber, such as making lynching a federal hate crime, which Scott proposed last year with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), now Biden’s running mate. The measure passed in the Senate but did not pass in the Democrat-controlled House.
In naming Juneteenth as a federal holiday, the plan would recognize the date black Americans associate with the official end of slavery.
“Instead of fighting for public safety for these communities, the Democrats are attacking our police and empowering far-left rioters, looters, and anarchists,” the president said in his speech.
“In the Republican Party, we believe in protecting all black lives – including the unborn,” adding that Republicans “believe that every child, of every race – born and unborn – is made in the Holy image of God. Republicans believe that all human life is sacred.”
“At no time before has there been a clearer choice between two parties, two visions, two philosophies, and two agendas for the future,” he added.
Trump and Republicans in general are making a concerted push for black voters, which appears to be having some positive effects.
OK folks, no joke, this is now a national poll suppression story.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) August 31, 2020
While Trump only won about 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, recent polling data indicated that his support among that constituency has risen to 24 percent.
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