Lara Trump brought her father-in-law Donald Trump’s presidential campaign message to the Miami Valley on Friday, stopping in Dayton and Beavercreek before topping the day off with a visit to Young’s Jersey Dairy in Clark County.
The visits are part of the Trump campaign’s ongoing efforts to build support among female and African American voters, two voting blocs polls in Ohio indicate are solidly backing Democrat Hillary Clinton.
“As a woman I think there’s no arguing I would love to see our first woman president in my lifetime and I think it will happen,” Lara Trump said during a WHIO Radio interview with Larry Hansgen before a visit to Shekinah Ranch in Dayton to meet with at-risk youth. “I certainly would never want that to be Hillary Clinton.”
Trump, whose husband Eric works for the family real estate business, was joined by a host of female Trump supporters, including his national spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, YouTube personalities “Diamond and Silk,” and ex-Apprentice television star Omarosa Manigault, a Central State University graduate and director of African American outreach for Trump.
After a quick swing by a Marion’s Pizza, the caravan made its way to Beavercreek to open a new phone bank at the Beavercreek Republican Women’s Club Victory Center.
“We talk about how he’s doing well, especially with the African American community, or black folks, whatever you want to call them,” said Rochelle Richardson, who comprises one-half the Trump-supporting “Diamond and Silk” duo.
“The message is go out, get out and vote,” said Richardson. “And keep in mind, just because you’re black doesn’t mean you have to vote Democrat. You want some change, you gotta vote for Donald Trump.”
A Quinnipiac University poll this week shows Trump with a one-point lead over Clinton at 46 to 45 percent among likely Ohio voters. The poll shows Ohio women back Clinton over Trump 52 to 39 percent and non-white voters support her 81 to 11 percent.
Meanwhile, Trump earns 53 percent support of Ohio men to Clinton’s 38 percent. The same percentages hold true for Trump and Clinton support among whites as a whole.
“Throughout his life and especially evident during this campaign, Donald Trump has failed to recognize women as equals,” said Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Kathy DiCristofaro in a statement.
The Victory Center visit was attended by more than 100 people including Lisa Moore, of Fairborn, and her 2-year-old grandson, Rusden. Moore, who said she grew up in the black community, said “It’s time for us to look out for those here now, especially in the African American community.”
She specifically indicated that Bill Clinton’s support of the now-controversial Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which is often blamed for leading to high incarceration, is a reason African Americans should consider Trump.
The former president has since said the bill “made the problem worse,” and Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said his running mate acknowledges the bill “had consequences farther than we wanted.”
“We’ve got to roll that back,” Kane said Friday on WHIO-TV’s CBS This Morning. “I think there is some bipartisan interest in doing this now.”
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