FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says his party must do a better job appealing to African-American voters and that he wants the GOP to become their political home as it was in the era of Abraham Lincoln.
Speaking a rally in Virginia on Saturday, Trump said –quote– “I fully recognize that outreach to the African-American community is an area where the Republican Party must do better, and will do better.”
In spite of past fiery rhetoric that alienated many minority voters, Trump said he wants “an inclusive party.” He noted that the “GOP is the party of Abraham Lincoln” and said, “I want our party to be a home of the African-American voter once again.”
Trump has been working in recent days to boost his appeal among African-American voters.
Earlier Saturday, Trump met with his new National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump, which will work to help him focus his message, as well as provide assistance with the campaign’s Hispanic outreach.
Polling shows Trump lagging significantly behind Democratic rival Hillary Clinton among minority voters.