Friday 23 March 2018

Hillary will get tough to copy me - Trump

Boxing promoter Don King introduces Donald Trump to speak to a gathering of clergy at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Boxing promoter Don King introduces Donald Trump to speak to a gathering of clergy at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rachael Alexander

Donald Trump is predicting that Hillary Clinton will copy his language and policy on national security at next week's debate.

He told a rally in North Carolina that Clinton "is all of a sudden going to get tough".

Democrat Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Democrat Hillary Clinton. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The Republican nominee said that his Democratic rival will call for "strong borders" and "extreme vetting," the term he uses for screening prospective immigrants.

Clinton has called for an increase in the number of refugees that the Obama administration currently allows to seek asylum in the United States from war-torn countries like Syria. She supports a strong vetting programme.

Trump wants to stop the refugee programme. He called it "a Trojan horse" for terrorists.

Yesterday the boxing promoter Don King let slip a racial slur as he attended a rally to press the case for black voters to support Trump.

Mr King was talking about what it's like to be black in America as he introduced the Republican presidential nominee at an event in Cleveland organised by Darrell Scott, a prominent black pastor.

King said a black man is always framed by his skin colour.

King recalled telling pop icon Michael Jackson "if you're poor, you're a 'poor Negro'. If you're rich, you're a 'rich Negro'. An educated black man is 'an intellectual negro'."

He continued: "If you're a dancing and sliding and gliding n****** - I mean Negro - you are 'a dancing and sliding and gliding Negro.'"

Gasps and laughs could be heard from the audience.

Earlier, Mr Trump stepped up his rhetoric on the state of America's minority communities, telling a crowd that "places like Afghanistan are safer" than some US inner cities.

"We're going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever," Trump assessed.

"You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street."

"Honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities," he added.

It was not clear what statistics Trump was using to back up his comparison to Afghanistan, which has been torn apart by decades of war.

According to the United Nations, 5,166 civilians were killed or maimed there during the first six months of the year - the highest number since 2009.

The image of dangerous inner cities is one Trump has conjured many times at rallies and in speeches over recent weeks in his attempt to court minority voters, along with his now infamous final pitch: What do you have to lose by voting Trump?

Generally, Trump ticks down a list of problems faced by black Americans - lack of access to quality education, need for safety, a dearth of jobs - and promises he can fix it. Trump's image of black communities, however, tends to hyperbolise the black experience in America and plays into stereotypes about the experience of African Americans in the United States that does not match the reality.

There has been an uptick in crime in the US - violent crime in cities is expected to rise by 5.5pc in 2016, according to New York University's Brennan Center. Half of the increase is driven by Los Angeles - up 17pc - and Chicago, up 16pc. But violent crime has been significantly reduced since the 1980s and 1990s, according to FBI statistics, and is lower today than when President Obama took office.

According to Trump - and some polls that show him making small inroads among the African-American voting bloc - his outreach efforts are working.

"I think it's resonating because you see what's happening with my poll numbers with African-Americans," Trump said. "They're going, like, high."

Meanwhile, Democrats are using a House Judiciary Committee hearing on whether to impeach the IRS chief to attack Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

With IRS commissioner John Koskinen at the witness table, New York Representative Jerrold Nadler asked if people under an IRS audit can release their tax returns. Koskinen said they can. Trump has declined to release his tax returns, citing an audit.

Nadler asked if it's proper to use money from a charitable foundation for a portrait of themselves or to pay fees from legal disputes. Reports have said money from the Donald J. Trump Foundation has been used for those purposes.

Irish Independent

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