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Trump claims black support; polls show otherwise

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Published on July 30, 2019 - Duration: 01:42s

Trump claims black support; polls show otherwise

A black protester interrupted Donald Trump in Virginia, after the president claimed he was hearing praise from African-Americans over his racially-charged comments about the city of Baltimore.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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Trump claims black support; polls show otherwise

The U.S. President visited Jamestown, Virginia, Tuesday, to deliver a speech at the historic settlement commemorating 400 years of representative government in North America.

But he could not escape a racially-charged firestorm that he ignited - and fanned - for weeks.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP INTERRUPTED BY PROTESTER: Trump: "Here in Virginia, your predecessors-" Protester: "You cannot send us back, Mr. President!

Virginia is our home." A protester interrupted Trump's remarks to shout, "You cannot send us back, Mr. President.

Virginia is our home." The comments an apparent reference to the president's attacks on four minority Democratic Congresswomen, whom Trump told to go back to where they came from.

In the face of accusations of racism, Trump has continued his swipes at minority lawmakers.

His latest target: black Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings and his predominately African-American district of Baltimore.

Those broadsides continued Tuesday, en route to Virginia.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "It's a corrupt city, no question about it.

All you have to do is look at the facts." Trump claimed he was getting praise from Baltimore's black residents.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Those people are living in hell, in Baltimore.

They're largely African-American.

You have a large African-American population, and they really appreciate what I'm doing." Trump presented no evidence that he's received widespread African-American support for his comments.

In fact, a Reuters poll conducted last week put President Trump's approval at just 14% among African-Americans.

Among those who disapprove of Trump, 71% of African-Americans said they "strongly disapprove." Ahead of Trump's visit, members of Virginia's state black legislative caucus said they would boycott his speech at Jamestown.

In a statement, the caucus said, β€œIt is impossible to ignore the emblem of hate and disdain that the president represents.”

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