The latest LA Times national presidential poll is showing Donald Trump within 1 point of overtaking Hillary Clinton, bouncing back from a considerable deficit over the past few weeks.
LA Times currently has Trump at 43.4% and Clinton at 44%, a different of only 0.6 points.
We have seen Trump leading Clinton by a healthy margin after the RNC during July, ahead as much as 10 points at his peak, but after an onslaught of negative press, he has had a rough past few weeks in the polls.
Donald Trump has had an uncanny knack for bouncing back in national polls, especially when the mainstream media seems convinced that all is lost and the Republicans may has well pack up and start planning for the 2020 election.
Despite all of the negative press, Donald Trump delivered an excellent speech on Tuesday night in Wisconsin, focusing heavily on policy as well as projecting himself as the “law and order” candidate.
After a series of violent protests in Milwaukee, all over the shooting of a suspect with a stolen gun by a police officer, Donald Trump once again lambasted Clinton for siding against law enforcement officers and making hasty judgments before the whole story had been released.
This is a portion of Trump’s speech regarding law and order:
The violence, riots and destruction that have taken place in Milwaukee is an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and peace.
Law and order must be restored. It must be restored for the sake of all, but most especially the sake of those living in the affected communities.
The main victims of these riots are law-abiding African-American citizens living in these neighborhoods. It is their jobs, their homes, their schools and communities which will suffer as a result.
There is no compassion in tolerating lawless conduct. Crime and violence is an attack on the poor, and will never be accepted in a Trump Administration.
The narrative that has been pushed aggressively for years now by our current Administration, and pushed by my opponent Hillary Clinton, is a false one. The problem in our poorest communities is not that there are too many police, the problem is that there are not enough police.
More law enforcement, more community engagement, more effective policing is what our country needs.
Just like Hillary Clinton is against the miners, she is against the police. You know it, and I know it. Those peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society – a narrative supported with a nod by my opponent – share directly in the responsibility for the unrest in Milwaukee, and many other places within our country.
They have fostered the dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America.
Every time we rush to judgment with false facts and narratives – whether in Ferguson or in Baltimore – and foment further unrest, we do a direct disservice to poor African-American residents who are hurt by the high crime in their communities.
The speech was received well by supporters and voters looking for strong leadership to combat the seemingly endless riots and anti-police sentiments. Donald Trump also focused on the Black urban community and how they have become the victims of destructive policies in every city that the Democrats have controlled for long periods of time.
Here are portion’s of Trump’s speech that appealed directly to African-American voters.
The war on our police is a war on all peaceful citizens who want to be able to work and live and send their kids to school in safety.
Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, the violent disruptor. Our job is to make life more comfortable for the African-American parent who wants their kids to be able to safely walk the streets. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.
The Hillary Clinton agenda hurts poor people the most.
There is no compassion in allowing drug dealers, gang members, and felons to prey on innocent people. It is the first duty of government to keep the innocent safe, and when I am President I will fight for the safety of every American – and especially those Americans who have not known safety for a very, very long time.
I am asking for the vote of every African-American citizen struggling in our country today who wants a different future.
It is time for our society to address some honest and very difficult truths.
The Democratic Party has failed and betrayed the African-American community. Democratic crime policies, education policies, and economic policies have produced only more crime, more broken homes, and more poverty.
Let us look at the situation right here in Milwaukee, a city run by Democrats for decade after decade. Last year, killings in this city increased by 69 percent, plus another 634 victims of non-fatal shootings. 18-29-year-olds accounted for nearly half of the homicide victims. The poverty rate here is nearly double the national average. Almost 4 in 10 African-American men in Milwaukee between the ages of 25-54 do not have a job. Nearly four in 10 single mother households are living in poverty. 55 public schools in this city have been rated as failing to meet expectations, despite ten thousand dollars in funding per-pupil. There is only a 60% graduation rate, and it’s one of the worst public school systems in the country.
To every voter in Milwaukee, to every voter living in every inner city, or every forgotten stretch of our society, I am running to offer you a better future.
The Democratic Party has taken the votes of African-Americans for granted. They’ve just assumed they’ll get your support and done nothing in return for it. It’s time to give the Democrats some competition for these votes, and it’s time to rebuild the inner cities of America – and to reject the failed leadership of a rigged political system.
An interesting observation when digging deeper in the LA Times poll results, is that Trump has also gained with Black voters in the past week by nearly 4 points, while Hillary Clinton has lost support.
If Trump can maintain an average of 15% support from Black voters, that may be all he will need to overcome Clinton in November. He is already trending well ahead of where Romney and McCain were with Latino support as well.
It’s true Trump has had some missteps with his comments about minorities in the past, largely blown out of proportion by the liberal media, but he has proven his resolve to improve the precision of his speeches and focus on how his policies will improve the lives of ALL American citizens.
Can Donald Trump continue these trends as we get closer to the election and build upon his reputation for telling the brutal truth? If he can stick to his policies while pointing out the weakness of his competitor Hillary Clinton, he may be able to achieve the landslide results in November that supporters have been hoping for.