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Trump pledges to make Juneteenth federal holiday in bid to woo Black voters

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By Steve Holland and Lisa Lambert

President Donald Trump made a series of promises at a campaign event in Atlanta on Friday in a bid to woo Black voters, including establishing Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of U.S. slavery, as a federal holiday.

Trump, who announced the promises less than 40 days before the November presidential election, also pledged to designate two groups as terrorist organizations: the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan and the amorphous movement known as antifa that opposes fascism. He promised to increase access to capital in Black communities, create more jobs, support Black-owned businesses and expand opportunity zones.

Trump said he "will always put Americans first and that includes very, very importantly, Black Americans." He spoke at an event in Atlanta, a majority-Black city and the largest in Georgia, a state that could come into play in the Nov. 3 election.

The speech and a fact sheet provided by Trump's campaign did not spell out how Trump would make good on his promises.

Only Congress has the power to create a federal holiday, but Trump could help introduce a measure for lawmakers to pass.

Calls to make Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday grew louder this summer as Black Lives Matter protests swept through the country and many organizations gave their workers the day off. The day is already recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia. It marks when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and shared the news that slavery was abolished.

Hawaii, North Dakota and South Dakota do not have a holiday or other official observance of Juneteenth.

Trump is trailing Democratic opponent Joe Biden in national polling although the two candidates are neck and neck in several states that could be key to determining the winner of the election. Biden has campaigned with a message that Trump has mismanaged the coronavirus health crisis, which has devastated the U.S. economy.

"Trump is making more empty promises," said Biden campaign spokesman Kamau Marshall.

More than 85% of Black voters belong to the Democratic party or lean toward it, according to the Pew Research Center.

Still, Trump told the Atlanta crowd that Biden "doesn't know Black Americans like I do."

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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All of this and Trump being president is a bad dream, right?

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promises made promises kept.

also pledged to designate two groups as terrorist organizations: the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan and the amorphous movement known as antifa 

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Either he thinks non-cult members are stupid enough to believe anything he says, or he knows he's gonna get beat like a rented mule and it will never happen anyway...

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Uh huh.

please continue to instinctively take the anti Trump positions.

Can’t wait for liberals to tell me why Juneteenth should NOT be a holiday and also why the KKK and Antifa are NOT domestic terrorists.

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when he will quit lying?

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Great idea! Just wish I could believe a single word he, any in his admin, or any of his rapid response team members plus other Trump supporters say. I know I don't trust what they say, but wouldn't Trump supporters claim 'he's playing the race card' and/or 'he's politicizing race'. Until they flip-flop along with their Trump.

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Nope he is promising to implement needed initiatives. These are needed, aren’t they? Orangemanbad yep, but the initiatives are good, no?

just telling us some of the things he will do in the second term. Just as he kept many of the promises of the first term.

joe Biden wishes he had announced this one but he doesn’t care about a holiday for Black people and won’t designated his Antifa and KKK friends as terrorists.

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Yeah I'm sure promises in the 9th inning of the game will get blacks to forget all the nods and winks to white supremacists over the last 4 years.

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Oh, Donald. Always getting patriot mixed up with patronize.

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Below are my comments on how much Trump cares about black people...

………………………………………………...

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Still no comments about the actual proposals. Typical.

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what a pathetic little boy.

You don’t think Black Americans remember you calling for the death penalty for the central park 5, even after they were proven innocent?

You think they’ve forgotten your “very good people on both sides”?

Think they’ve forgotten about your Breonna Taylor or BLM ramblings?

No Don, I’m not black and even i see you for what you are: a racist. You do not see Black Americans (or any racial or ethnic mink for that matter) as your equal.

You’re a racist. You’re a xenophobe. And you’re a narcissistic sociopath to boot.

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Typical narcissistic, abusive relationship, action.

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"will always put Americans first and that includes very, very importantly, Black Americans."

"doesn't know Black Americans like I do."

I don't know how Trump can say these things with a straight face. He knows he's lying and everyone knows he's lying!!

Now he's offering promises that we know he won't keep!!

Trump’s False Claim That ‘Nobody Has Ever Done’ More for the Black Community Than He Has

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/us/politics/trump-black-african-americans-fact-check.html

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I'm pretty sure Biden could make it a holiday too.

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"Trump is making more empty promises," said Biden campaign spokesman Kamau Marshall.

Nothing compares with the Democrats' empty promises and policies for the last 60 years that still keeps them in a condition of disadvantage, underprivilege and dependent on welfare.

He (Trump) promised to increase access to capital in Black communities, create more jobs, support Black-owned businesses and expand opportunity zones....., including establishing Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of U.S. slavery, as a federal holiday.

And this is all bad??!! Well, coming from Trump it must be bad in the Democrats' eyes. The Democrats automatically oppose anything and everything Trump proposes.

It will be amusing to see the Democrats oppose something that can improve the community and lives of Blacks without appearing hypocritical. They must be gnashing their teeth in frustration trying to figure out how to oppose it.

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Great idea! Just wish I could believe a single word he, any in his admin, or any of his rapid response team members plus other Trump supporters say. I know I don't trust what they say, but wouldn't Trump supporters claim 'he's playing the race card' and/or 'he's politicizing race'. Until they flip-flop along with their Trump.

Well, Trump is pandering to the black vote, Democrats do it as well, the difference is, Trump is offering them job opportunities and Dems are offering them other peoples money. And every little thing helps. It’s a great move and an even greater incentive to bring in some of the black vote.

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@Blacklabel,

So Trump is a good President because of this? That's so funny.

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