Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a way with words, much to his supporters delight — and his opponents dismay.
Now, Trump’s bold, take-no-prisoners attitude has reached a new level — he just flat out called presidential rival Hillary Clinton a “bigot.”
Critics will be quick to dismiss the comments. But in many ways, Trump is right.
Democrats haven’t done anything substantial for the people of color living in poverty in this country. Statistically, African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have fared poorly under President Barack Obama, a fact Clinton will ignore as she desperately to pander to these minority groups for votes.
Trump promised Hispanics “a much better life” Wednesday in a Florida speech that continued his recent effort to soften his tone and broaden his support 11 weeks before the presidential election.
“I am going to fight to give every Hispanic citizen a much better future, a much better life,” Trump told a crowd in Tampa. “You have the right to walk outside without being shot. You have a right to a good education for your child. You have the right to own your home. You have the right to have a good job.”
At a rally later Wednesday in Jackson, Mississippi, Trump repeated his claim that Democratic rival Hillary Clinton “is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes.”
Trump dominated presidential campaign coverage for the day as Clinton was fundraising in California.
Trump’s appeal to Hispanics largely echoed his recent outreach to African-Americans. He rarely tried to explicitly lure minority voters during his unlikely rise to the GOP nomination earlier this year.
Now facing a bigger electorate, Trump suggested Hispanics have been taken for granted by Democrats. He said the 600,000 Latino-owned businesses in Florida would benefit under his economic plan, but he offered few specifics.
“Hispanics are tired of being used by these phony politicians,” Trump roared above the rumbles of a thunderstorm audible inside. “I say, what do you have to lose? I will fix it.”
Hispanics make up a sizable and growing percentage of Florida’s population. Trump will have a narrow path to the White House without winning the Sunshine State, where he owns several resorts and which he dubbed “his second home” on Wednesday.
Trump also made a similar outreach to black voters and called Clinton “a bigot” for allegedly taking for granted the support of minority voters.
Trump aides confirmed he will soon tour churches, local businesses and charter schools in black and Hispanic urban neighborhoods. Dr. Ben Carson, a close ally and former GOP primary rival, said he will accompany Trump on at least one visit.
Trump, in Mississippi, linked the movement fueling his campaign to the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union — and brought Nigel Farage, an architect of Britain’s successful “Brexit” campaign, up on stage.
Meanwhile, one of Trump’s most reliable allies made plans to aid him this fall. The National Rifle Association’s political victory fund has reserved about $2.7 million in TV commercials in September and October, Kantar Media’s political ad tracker shows. The NRA is focusing on swing states Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press contributed to this article