CNN's Jake Tapper To Trump Speechwriter: "You Think People In Ferguson, MO Would Like That Speech?"


Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and senior policy advisor Stephen Miller joined CNN's Jake Tapper for an interview, following Trump's speech on night four of the Republican National Convention.

Miller, along with Trump himself, wrote the candidate's speech.

"Do you think there's a group of voters that you and Mr. Trump, in writing this speech, were trying to reach?" Tapper asked Miller. "For instance, [former campaign manager] Lewandowski said he thought this speech would be very appealing to Pennsylvania voters and Ohio voters, about jobs and immigration; coal miners. Were you reaching out specifically in terms of the states that your campaign strategy hinges on winning?"

"As you know, [Trump] has been talking about trade for about 30 years, in these exact same ways," Miller replied. "So the speech, really, if you look at the structure, was designed to appeal to all Americans... Whether you're living in Detroit, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan. And I want to talk about the optimism, because it is important. The speech laid out at the onset what is wrong with the country, in very truthful terms. But then it presented solutions all of those problems."

"And so in that sense, it was an optimistic speech," he added. "And you'll notice the key point in the speech is he says: Tune out the voices of the media elite, and the financial elite, and the political elite who tell you you can't have the country you want. Don't listen to those people. Everything you've ever hoped is possible can be possible... if you embrace this new direction."

"I want to visit your remark that he proposed solutions in a second," Tapper replied. "But first, I want to say --You think people in Ferguson, Missouri, would like that speech?"

"I think anybody who with has suffered the debilitating impacts of crime and chaos in their lives, the failing schools, the effects of open borders, the effects of these terrible tax, trade and regulatory policies, would embrace that speech," Miller said.

"To his point: What has Barack Obama's policies given the people of Ferguson? What has Hillary Clinton's policies given the people of Ferguson? When we say we're not going to be politically correct, the first lie we're going to stop telling is that politicians have done anything for the people in Ferguson."

"Do you think this speech will attract Latinos and African-Americans to Donald Trump? That seems to be what Mr. Miller is saying," Tapper asked Manafort.

"He talked directly to them, yes," Manafort said. "He talked about the fact that he recognizes what's going on in the inner-cities. He understands the problems that those Latinos are suffering from illegals coming over and it impacts their community, their jobs and everything else. Are they listening? Yes, they're listening."

"This is the beginning of a conversation, though," Manafort added. "It's not the end of a conversation. We'll be talking specifically to all these communities. This speech didn't leave anybody out. It spoke to everyone and there are pieces of it for everyone."

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