DNC Black Caucus Chair: Donald Trump Doesn’t Speak for Me
September 2, 2016
Detroit, Michigan – DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins, a Michigan native, issued the following ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to Great Faith Ministries:
“Donald Trump doesn’t speak for me or the African American community. It’s insulting and offensive that Donald Trump thinks one church appearance will undo the divisive undertone of his campaign. He’s played to misleading stereotypes about people of color, courted white nationalists with a wink and a nod, and up until now he has refused to speak in front of a black audience.
“Black America is fully aware of what’s at stake with a Trump presidency, and his vision for American hardly includes us. Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act without even thinking through how it would hurt African-Americans. He’s repeated likened inner cities to warzones, and he refused to disavow an endorsement from former KKK leader David Duke four times in one interview.
“Hillary Clinton gets it. She began her career working for the Children’s Defense Fund where she investigated segregation in Alabama schools. Clinton helped expand Head Start, and sponsored laws to end racial profiling. There couldn’t be a clearer contrast between the Democratic and Republican candidates, and I’m standing with her because I know she’ll stand with me.”