President Donald J. Trump will travel to Atlanta this Friday to kickoff his program he says is designed to reach out to African-American voters. The Black Voices for Trump Coalition initiative will take place at a 3 p.m. rally at the Georgia World Congress Center. A senior White House official said Atlanta was selected for the launch because it is the center for African-American life and culture in the United States. The official also highlighted Metro Atlanta’s fast growing African American population as a contributing factor.

During his appearance, Trump is expected tout the low unemployment rate for black workers. Vice-President Mike Pence will also attend the event as well.

If the past serves as a prior indicator, Trump faces a daunting, uphill climb. In 2016, only 8% of African-American voters cast their ballots for Trump and, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center poll, only 8% of black voters identify in some way with the Republican Party.

Earlier in the day, President Trump will host a lunch to drum support for U.S. Senator David Perdue. The price of admission is $2,800 and will require more than $100,000 to attend a private roundtable with President Trump. If a person wants to take a photo with the President, it will cost $35,000 in order to gain that privilege.

This is part of a plan for President Trump and the Republicans to raise money for candidates who find themselves in perilous positions with the rise of Democratic popularity relative to the President’s sinking popularity with respect to impeachment.

President Donald J. Trump speaks at the “Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit” Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Photo by: Evan Vucci/The Associated Press

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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