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Trump makes pitch to 'forgotten' black Democrats in Atlanta

Tia Mitchell and Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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The event served as a reunion of sorts for black Trump supporters from across the nation. Political adviser Katrina Pierson named over a dozen states she said attendees hailed from, including Georgia, Florida, Ohio and Texas. "You forgot Arkansas!" a few people shouted.

Trump gave one of the most prominent speaking slots, though, to a lesser-known supporter: Kelvin King, an Atlanta contractor and Air Force veteran who credited Trump's economic agenda for helping his business thrive and thanked the president for "making the black community a priority."

"Our future success depends on our success in ignoring the distractions we see on a daily basis," King said. "Don't sit on the sidelines because of emotions or feelings."

David Solomon, who came to the event from Miami, is the type of voter that Trump is hoping to win over. He said he was drawn to Trump because of his support for school choice and opposition to abortion, and that he plans to challenge other black voters to question their party ideology.

"Why not try something different?" he said. "We've already given them a shot for 50-some-odd years, and what have they done for us?"


(Bria Felicien contributed to this report.)

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