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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

 10:36 PM 

Trump appeals to African-Americans who want different, better future during West Bend rally

WEST BEND -- Donald Trump Tuesday urged African-Americans who “want a different and much better future” to back his campaign, citing unrest in Milwaukee and saying the Dem Party has failed them.

Trump, who has struggled badly with African-American voters in a string of polls, charged Dem policies have resulted in more crime, more broken homes and more poverty.

"I'm asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a different and much better future," Trump said.

He also charged Hillary Clinton is against the police.

"Just like Hillary Clinton is against the miners, she is against the police. Believe me," Trump said. "Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society ... share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee and many other places within our country."

Trump repeatedly addressed problems “here in Milwaukee” while speaking to a crowd about 35 miles north of the city, which saw violent protests over the weekend following a police shooting. Trump, who had the support of just 1 percent of black voters in some recent national polls, said the main victims are the African-Americans who live in the community.

Trump said the unrest represents an "assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and to live in peace.

"Law and order must be restored."

Trump called for an end to "the war on our police."

"The war on our police must end and it must end now," Trump said to loud applause. "The war on police is a war on all decent citizens who want to be able to live and work and send their kids to school in safety."

Trump pointed to rising violent crime in Milwaukee, failing schools, high poverty, the loss of manufacturing jobs and high African-American male unemployment.

"To every voter in Milwaukee, to every voter living in the inner city, or every forgotten stretch of our society, I'm running to offer you a much better future, a much better job and a much higher wage," Trump said.

Trump started his visit to Wisconsin, his second since the national convention, in La Crosse for a fundraiser and a series of interviews with local media. He then did several stops in Milwaukee, including a fundraiser and an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity. That interview was originally supposed to air Tuesday night, but Fox instead carried Trump’s rally.

The event in West Bend began at 7:30 p.m. with speeches from several GOP elected officials. There was then a 45-minute break until Trump began speaking after 9 p.m., when Hannity’s show normally airs in the Milwaukee market.

While they waited in the sweltering and packed Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center, people waived each other with campaign signs.

Dems knocked Trump in La Crosse and Milwaukee as he visited both cities. State Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, said the choice this fall is not between a Dem and a Republican, “but between a responsible leader who will keep us safe, and a volatile man who threatens our security." In Milwaukee, Randy Bryce, Veterans Caucus chair for the state Dem Party, said Trump does not show respect for the nation’s veterans and their families.

“It further demonstrates how unfit his is to lead the United States," Bryce said.

Trump also rolled out a new pledge to require senior officials in his administration to sign an agreement banning them from accepting speaking fees from a corporation that employs a registered lobbyist. The ban, which would last five years, would cover foreign governments as well.

He was introduced by Gov. Scott Walker, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Before the main program, GOP U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy and Glenn Grothman, along with state Reps. Bob Gannon and Dan Knodl addressed the crowd to chants of "USA," "lock her up" and "build that wall."

Walker, who briefly shared the stage with Trump Tuesday, was originally expected to miss the rally due to a planned trip to Colorado to participate in a panel discussion and attend the RGA's quarterly meeting. But he canceled that trip amid the violence in Milwaukee.

Walker did not attend Trump's Aug. 5 rally in Green Bay while the guv was meeting with flooding victims in northern Wisconsin. But Tuesday, he attended a fundraiser for the GOP presidential nominee, the Hannity interview and the rally.

Walker said Clinton and Trump are the two choices before voters, and knocked Clinton over a host of issues, declaring her "unfit" to serve as president.

-- By David Wise

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