Donald Trump Wants to Make Republican Party 'the Home of the African-American Vote Once Again'

He wants to make Republican Party "the home of the African-American vote."

ByJohn Santucci
August 27, 2016, 5:31 PM

— -- Donald Trump returned to Iowa today, yet continued his push for African-American votes.

"Nothing means more to me than working to make our party the home of the African-American vote once again," Trump said, speaking to Iowans attending the 2nd annual Joni's Roast and Ride, hosted by Sen. Joni Ernst.

"There are millions of African-Americans in this country who have succeeded so greatly and who deserve a government that protects and honors their incredible contribution," he said. "But we also have to talk about the millions of African-Americans who remain trapped in poverty and failing schools. I’ve spoken a lot in recent days abut the deplorable conditions in many of our inner cities.

"Just yesterday, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, a great guy, Dwyane Wade, was the victim of a tragic shooting in Chicago," Trump said, after tweeting about Wade's cousin, who was killed Friday afternoon when police said two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head.

"She was the mother of four, and was killed while pushing her infant child in a stroller just walking down the street, shot," Trump said. "It breaks all of our hearts to see it, it's horrible, it's horrible and it's only getting worse."

As he's done for the last several weeks, the Republican nominee continued to attack Hillary Clinton for more information being released surrounding her emails during her time as secretary of state, and the relationship the Clinton Foundation had with the State Department under her leadership.

"The whole world has been shocked by the continuing revelations regarding Hillary Clinton and her pay-for-play State Department and other things. Now it was just announced that her important calendar records will not be released, even though they have them, to the public until after the election because there's too much stuff on that. They want it after the election. It's only -- it's terrible. It's terrible. It's protection from a corrupt, rigged system. It's disgusting," Trump said.

Trump was joined on stage at the end of his remarks by just about all of Iowa's state-wide elected Republican office holders, with the exception of Sen. Chuck Grassley, who spoke earlier than Trump.

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