Richard Fowler to Trump: Stop Treating Black People Like a "Monolithic Voting Bloc"

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Radio talk show host and liberal commentator Richard Fowler criticized Donald Trump's plea to African-American voters last week where he asked, "What do you have to lose?"

Fowler said Trump needs to stop thinking that black people are a "monolithic voting bloc," but moments prior lamented that President Obama would not be on the ballot this year, which is a "benefit" for Trump.

"Democrats are really going to try to turn out African-American voters," Fowler said in an interview on MSNBC Monday morning. "They're going to try to go to their normal turnout machines, and sadly, this time around Barack Obama is not on the ballot which has been a big way to get African-American voters out. So that's the benefit for Donald Trump."

"Stop thinking that black folks are a monolithic voting bloc that only care about criminal justice reform," Fowler said. "They do care about criminal justice reform, but also care about the economy, they care about jobs, they care about solving the student loan debt crisis."

Fowler suggested Trump hire "some real African-Americans," "not Omarosa," to help with outreach to the community.

"They need to find out how to talk to black folks," he said.

"What his campaign has got to do immediately, Craig, one is hire some real African-Americans minus Omarosa -- not Omarosa, to really think about how they talk to African-Americans, and also he has to do some work inside of his party," Fowler told MSNBC.

FOWLER: The good news for Donald Trump here is, Democrats are really going to try to turn out African-American voters. They're going to try to go to their normal turnout machines, and sadly, this time around Barack Obama is not on the ballot which has been a big way to get African-American voters out. So that's the benefit for Donald Trump.

What his campaign has got to do immediately, Craig, one is hire some real African-Americans minus Omarosa -- not Omarosa, to really think about how they talk to African-Americans, and also he has to do some work inside of his party.

What we have seen from the Republican party over and over again, whether it be the demagoguery towards Michelle Obama, demagoguery towards President Barack Obama, they need to find out how to talk to black folks. Talk about the issues that matter to black folks. Stop thinking that black folks are a monolithic voting bloc that only care about criminal justice reform. They do care about criminal justice reform, but also care about the economy, they care about jobs, they care about solving the student loan debt crisis. So you got to make the issue bigger.

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