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Donald Trump Appeals To Black Voters & It's As Awkward As You Might Expect

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Oh how the times have changed for what was once the unstoppable Donald Trump campaign. The GOP Presidential candidate has been struggling to regain momentum in recent weeks after a slew of ill-chosen statements. And how is he faring? Well... not so great. At a rally on Friday, Trump appealed to black voters for their support. And it was beyond cringe-worthy.

Trump was speaking in Dimondale, Mich., a town about 90 minutes away from Detroit. According to report by The Washington Post, he cautioned against voting for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton:

Trump then spoke to the predominantly-white crowd at Dimondale about nearby Detroit.

But he saved his one-two punch for the end, his big bid to gain the confidence of black voters.

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It was a bold strategy, I guess. Telling the black community, essentially that, since their lives were pretty rough as it is, how much worse could it get?

Clearly, Trump has struggled to appeal to the African-American community at large; although he promises that is going to change. So far in his campaign, Trump has often polled as low as zero to one percent with African-American voters, who could have potentially taken offence to certain claims he shared on his ever-evolving Twitter feed.

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Supporters wave signs as US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex on August 19, 2016 in Diamondale, Michigan. / AFP / JEFF KOWALSKY (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

At the end of his speech (again, I feel I must reiterate, to a predominantly white crowd in an overwhelmingly white town), Trump said:

This was, according to Politico, the only off-the-cuff moment of the night's speech. Trump has begun to use his teleprompter to help guide him through the murky waters of public speaking as a potential president.

Perhaps next time, the teleprompter will tell him not to tell people that their lives are already awful so what the hell? Give him a chance.