A new Hillary Clinton ad answers Trump’s question to African-American voters: “What do you have to lose?”
The 30-second advertisement features several of Donald Trump’s more ignorant comments regarding the Black community in the United States. Among them is this rather insulting statement from a past rally:
‘What do you have to lose? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs.’
Clinton’s ad coincides with a recent push by the Trump campaign to get Black voters excited about his candidacy. In the shadow of accusations of racism (even by fellow Republicans), Trump has repeatedly told his rallies that he would do more for the interests of African Americans in the United States than Clinton would.
But while Clinton’s desire to court African-American voters is certainly a worthy and important one, it’s far from being a dire situation. Even considering that African Americans have historically supported Democrats by an overwhelming majority, the Orange One is already doing miserably with Black voters. So badly, in fact, that a recent poll found that he received zero percent of the Black vote in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, the Clinton campaign is dedicated to making sure that as few African Americans as possible fall for Trump’s new angle. She has even noted specifically in a recent speech that Trump is fully catering to the racist “alt-right,” which has gained an unlikely and terrifying foothold in this year’s election. Her new ad will air in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
The ad also replays a Trump radio interview where he spoke about his great relationship with “the Blacks,” and also mentions how Trump Management was, at one point, sued for discrimination against African Americans and for breaking federal law. Trump is featured pointing out into the crowd, saying, “look at my African American over here”.
Hillary’s advertisement also uses a split screen at one point, where it shows Black protesters being attacked and violently removed from several Trump rallies earlier this year. After hearing Trump repeat his question, “What the hell do you have to lose?”, text appears on the screen with Clinton’s reply.
Watch the full ad below.
Featured image is a screen capture from the video.