Trump says 'places like Afghanistan are safer' than U.S. inner cities

KENANSVILLE, N.C — Donald Trump on Tuesday escalated his rhetoric on the state of America's minority communities, telling a crowd that "places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities."

"We're going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever," Trump assessed. "You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street."

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It's an image Trump has conjured many times at rallies and in speeches over recent weeks in his attempt to court minority voters, along with his now infamous final pitch: What do you have to lose by voting Trump?

Generally, Trump ticks down a list of problems faced by black Americans — lack of access to quality education, need for safety, a dearth of jobs — and promises he can fix it. Trump's image of black communities, however, tends to hyperbolize the black experience in America and plays into stereotypes about the experience of African Americans in the United States that does not match the reality.

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Notable people who have spoken out against Donald Trump

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

The Mayor did not hold back in this tweet:

"I didn’t realize this was in question. Behaves like a racist, speaks like a racist…of course @RealDonaldTrump is a racist."

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Martha Stewart

In an interview win CNNMoney Stewart said "There is so much to know and so much to learn and so much diplomacy and kindness and introspection that goes with that kind of job, and it does not exist in the world of Donald Trump."

REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian 

John Oliver

The host of the Last week Tonight dedicated 20 minutes of his show to completely annihilate everything Trump stands for.

Click here to watch the Segment.

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J.K. Rowling

The beloved author took to twitter and compared him to the worst of the worst, "How horrible. Voldemort was nowhere near as bad."

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Robert De Niro

At the  22nd Sarajevo Film Festival Robert De Niro made his opinion very clear on what he thinks of Trump. "It's crazy that people like Donald Trump . . . he shouldn't even be where he is, so God help us"

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Mark Ruffalo

 Ruffalo and many more stars have signed a petition entitled #UnitedagainstHate to stand against Donald Trump

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America Ferrera

America Ferrera wrote an open letter on the HuffingtonPost to Donald Trump thanking him for his portrayal of Latin immigrants. In her letter she states "You, Mr. Trump, are living in an outdated fantasy of a bigoted America. Last week, America celebrated some amazing milestones — marriage equality, universal healthcare, removing of the confederate flag — making it clear in which direction the country is moving. That is why racist remarks that play to extremists won’t change the tide, no matter how hard you try. They will only serve to rally more Latino voters to the polls. Your negativity and your poorly thought out speech ignited a fire in our community. Thank you, Mr. Trump!"

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But according to Trump — and some polls that show him making small inroads among the voting bloc — his outreach efforts are working. "I think it's resonating because you see what's happening with my poll numbers with African Americans," Trump said. "They're going, like, high."

An ABC/Washington Post poll average from August and September shows Trump increasing his support among African Americans to 5 percent. Prior polls, including NBC/WSJ, showed Trump at 0 or 1 percent among African Americans.

Though he spent time Thursday trying to appeal to communities of color, Trump did not react at either of his public rallies Tuesday to the recent police shooting of an unarmed black male — this one in Tulsa, Oklahoma — who had his hands up. Certainly the scene sounds similar to one of Trump's frequent refrains of getting "shot walking down the street," but not once did the GOP nominee speak to the latest example of an epidemic of police violence against men of color.

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Trump's main rival, Hillary Clinton, however, spoke out on the issue early Tuesday morning. "We've got to tackle systemic racism," Clinton said of Terence Crutcher's killing to Steve Harvey on his radio show. "This horrible shooting again, how many times do we have to see this in our country? In Tulsa, an unarmed man with his hands in the air, I mean this is just unbearable and it needs to be intolerable." She later echoed the sentiment in a tweet signed "-H.

Trump has instead continued to rail against Democrats who he feels have run America's cities into poverty and despair. "The inner cities have been run for many years by Democrats and it's the same old thing," Trump said. "They want your vote and then they say, 'See ya, goodbye. I'll see you in four years.' Hillary Clinton is an example of it."

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