Stephen Colbert mocks Donald Trump's attempt to reach black voters
Stephen Colbert mocked Donald Trump on Monday’s episode of The Late Show for the GOP candidate’s recent attempts to reach voters in black communities.
Last week, Trump pleaded with black voters to give him their vote as a way to shake up the status quo.
“Tonight, I’m asking for the vote of every single African-American citizen in this country who wants to see a better future,” Trump said during a campaign speech in Michigan. “Look how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?” He later added, “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
“He’s a people person,” Colbert said after playing those statements.
The host then added, “Yes, black people, as far as Donald Trump knows you’re all poor, your schools all suck, you’re unemployed, and your last meal was, I’m going to say, a football with the word turkey written on it. So take a chance, what have you got to lose? It’s all summed up in Trump’s new slogan: You’re already on fire so you may as well shoot yourself in the head.”
Earlier in August, FiveThirtyEight noted Trump placed fourth in polls among black voters, behind not just his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, but also Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson.
“This is going to be a bit of a tough sell. Because, and this is true, among black voters in a two-person race, Trump is in fourth place,” Colbert joked. “That’s like coming in third at solitaire.”
Watch the segment below.