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Trump team proposing a ‘new deal’ for African-Americans; faith leaders offer support

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/14/16

From CBS News: 

After months on the campaign trail of Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric about black communities, the president-elect’s transition team is making its first efforts at minority outreach, pushing a “new deal” for African-Americans with a “plan for urban renewal.” Surrogates for Trump’s team gave MediaTakeOut.com, which describes itself as “the most visited African American website in the world,” the 10-point plan, an outline of policies Trump first proposed at a North Carolina campaign rally in October. “In election after election, Democratic party leaders take African-American voters for granted and year after year the condition of Black America gets worse,” the plan reads. “The conditions in our inner cities today are unacceptable. Too many African-Americans have been left behind.” It proposes to change the condition of black communities by promoting school choice, reduction of crime, business tax cuts, financial reforms, stopping “trade deficits,” ending illegal immigration, new infrastructure investment, protections for “the African American church” and an “America First” foreign policy. While much of Trump’s plan already exists as part of his general legislative agenda, it also includes policies specific to inner cities, where he would ramp up law enforcement and look to increase investments.

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And some African American faith leaders have already pledged their support:

Many in the liberal mainstream media were shocked to discover that President-Elect Donald Trump had earned the support of many African-American voters en route to his electoral victory on Tuesday night. Now, two of the architects of that surprise—Day Gardner and the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson—have offered their congratulations to the new president-elect and his running mate, vice president-elect Gov. Mike Pence. They also sent out messages calling on their supporters to get behind the new administration to help “make America great again.” Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union—one of the first pro-life groups to back the Republican—issued the following statement Thursday morning: Congratulations to President-elect Donald J. Trump on an amazing and even miraculous victory.I am proud to say that the National Black Pro-Life Union was the very first pro-life organization to endorse Donald Trump for president in the early spring of 2016.From that moment on, we worked diligently, yet stealthily throughout the campaign reaching out to other pro-life organizations, dozens of evangelicals and their churches across America to paint the extreme differences between the two nominees.We understood the need for a stealth underground wing of the movement in order to avoid liberal violence, retaliation and attacks of racism.These are many of the people the main stream media, pundits and experts never saw coming. We are eternally grateful for their courage and resolve.It was obvious when nominee Trump spoke at rallies across the country that for him it was never a Republican, Democrat, black, white, Hispanic thing but instead always an America thing.To that end the National Black Pro-Life Union is proud of our new president and will continue to do whatever we can to help Donald J. Trump and vice president Mike Pence make America great again.

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