With its presidential nominee struggling to win Black voters, the Republican National Committee announced new hires to draw African-Americans into its camp, the Washington Post reported.
“With these new additions to our Strategic Initiatives team, we are growing our long-term commitment to engaging with Black voters and being the party that promotes new models to solve old problems,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.
The new staff members are Ashley Bell, Shannon Reeves, and Elroy Sailor. Georgia State University senior, Leah LeVell, joins the team as a fellow. Her father, Bruce LeVell, is the chairman of the National Diversity Coalition for Donald Trump who has insisted that Trump is not a racist.
This latest diversity effort (there have been others) comes as the GOP’s presidential candidate polls in the single digits with Black voters. A recent Washington Post and ABC News poll found that Trump is winning just 3 percent of the Black vote—with 91 percent of African-Americans having a “strongly unfavorable” view of him.
Priebus is on a mission to turn things around:
“One of the RNC’s key goals has been to take our message to the Black community and make the case why we are the only party capable of delivering prosperity, security, and freedom for every neighborhood in America.”
The Post asked Bell about the party’s strategy to convince African-Americans to vote for Trump in November. Bell said the RNC’s new hires would assist Trump’s African-American engagement team.
Moreover, Bell stated to The Post that he’s not too concerned with the national poll. All Trump needs to do is win over a small percentage of Black voters in states—like Georgia—where he and Hillary Clinton are in a tight race.
SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter