NEW HAMPSHIRE — At an afternoon rally Thursday, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump repeatedly brought up "inner-cities" as part of an ongoing appeal to minority (primarily African-American and Hispanic) voters — with whom he's polling abysmally — offering his go-to "What the hell do you have to lose?" rhetorical argument.
Democratic policies, Trump said, "produced only more poverty, complete joblessness, and failing schools." And Clinton's policies "failed and betrayed communities of color in this country ... She has brought nothing but pain and heartache and broken promises to your inner-cities. On top of that, she wants to raise taxes on African-American-owned businesses to as much as nearly 50 percent more than they're paying now."
"She supports open borders that violate the civil rights of African-Americans, giving their jobs to people here illegally," he continued at the Manchester, New Hampshire event. "She supports trade policies that have closed factories in African-American communities and put millions of African-Americans and others — all of us — out of work."
Presumably referring to her husband's 1994 crime bill, Trump called Clinton's crime policies, "one of the great civil rights issues of our time."
"She supports policies on crime that make communities less safe and make it harder to raise your children in security and in peace," he said. "You see it all the time — the inner-cities — parents walking with their beautiful child, and they get shot. They're shot and their child is shot, often killed."
Commensurate with waning post-convention poll numbers, Trump failed to fill a Radisson conference room here in Manchester — across the street from the Verizon Wireless Arena (capacity 11,770).
Al Baldasaro — the New Hampshire politician and Trump adviser who gained national notoriety for suggesting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton "be shot in a firing squad for treason" — and divisive former-campaign manager-turned-CNN-anchor Corey Lewandowski were in attendance. Retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Trump's one-time primary opponent Dr. Ben Carson introduced the real estate mogul.