AUSTIN, Tex. — Campaigning over the past week, Donald J. Trump has painted a bleak and dire picture of black America.
African-Americans live in neighborhoods that resemble “war zones” more than cities, he has said. They struggle to get by on food stamps. Fewer and fewer of them own their own homes. And errant gunfire is a constant hazard.
“You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot,” Mr. Trump told a crowd in Akron, Ohio, on Monday, saying how blacks’ lives would improve if he were president. “Right now you walk down the street, you get shot. Look at the statistics — we’ll straighten it out.”