Watch CNN's Brianna Keilar Explain To A Trump Advisor That Speaking To White Voters Is Not Black Outreach

Jack Kingston: “Maybe It Would Have Been Nice If He Went And Had A Backdrop With A Burning Car”

From the August 19 edition of CNN's The Situation Room:

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BRIANNA KEILAR (HOST): Joining us we have Trump's senior advisor Jack Kingston. He's a former U.S. Congressman from Georgia. Thank you so much for being here with us, congressman. So, we heard a lot of new things in this address that Donald Trump gave on teleprompter tonight in Diamondale, Michigan, and one of the main parts of his speech was an appeal to black voters. I want you to listen to really the crux of what he said there.


KEILAR: He's polling right now at 2 percent with African-American voters. Is that the right way to attract a voting block that obviously favors Hillary Clinton much more than him?

JACK KINGSTON: Well first of all, our internal poll show us doing better than 2 percent, but the reality is he's going there and he's taking it to them. He's giving them a proposal. He's saying, “You know what? I'm interested, I went to Milwaukee, I'm here tonight, I want to talk to you.” And one of the things he actually said last night in North Carolina that kind of went uncovered, but he says “I don't want to preside over another generation of children who are left out of the American dream.”

KEILAR: I have to stop you because you said he's going there. He's not, he's in Diamondale, which is 93 percent white. When he was in Milwaukee the other day, it was part of Milwaukee that wasn't dealing -- I mean he, it's --

KINGSTON: Well yeah, but Brianna he went --

KEILAR: It's almost completely white.

KINGSTON: I mean, maybe it would have been nice if he went and had a backdrop with a burning car, but the reality is --

KEILAR: No no no no no, I'm not talking about a burning car. I'm talking about meeting with black voters.

KINGSTON: Well, he met with David Clarke, who as you know is the African-American Sheriff of Milwaukee, and he's engaged with him. And his rallies are open to the public. Last night in North Carolina, we saw a lot of African-Americans. I wasn't sure about the crowd content tonight, but the reality is --

KEILAR: It's white. We checked.


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