Trump campaign to open ‘engagement centers’ to woo black voters in 15 cities

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President Trump’s re-election campaign announced Wednesday that it is planning to open 15 community centers in critical battleground states next month aimed at boosting African-American support heading into the 2020 election.

These new retail-style spaces are technically field offices, staffed by Trump Victory — the joint committee between the campaign and the Republican National Committee — and will be located in “high-traffic areas” where black voters can walk in and learn about the president’s agenda.

“Last time it was ‘what the hell do you have to lose?’ Now, we’re going to show them what they’ve gained from President Trump and what more they could gain if they get more four years,” said White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who continues to play a key role in the campaign’s strategic decisions.

The locations for these “Black Voices for Trump” spaces include Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta; notably in all their top-tier target states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.

Wednesday’s announcement comes as the campaign is currently signing leases and hopes to open the “engagement centers” by mid-March. Voters who walk into these offices will be met with literature, videos, and even some merchandise for volunteers.

The “unprecedented” effort to be involved in cities where African-American turnout could be critical is partially a response to some past Republican campaigns not prioritizing minority groups, senior campaign officials explained.

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