Clinton’s and Trump’s approaches to racial politics mirror the fault lines of a nation

From The Washington Post:

Halfway across the country Tuesday, Donald Trump was charting a different course. In the midst of racial turmoil in Milwaukee following the fatal shooting of a black suspect by police, Trump made a point to campaign Tuesday night in the predominantly white city of West Bend, Wis., about an hour outside Milwaukee. Before the event, he met with local law enforcement officers to emphasize his commitment to being the “law and order” candidate.

The vastly different approaches to minority outreach by the candidates and their campaigns mirror the fault lines of a divided nation.

While Trump has largely avoided outreach to African Americans and has become a sharply polarizing figure among Latinos and other minorities, Clinton is counting on those same voters to be reliable constituencies for her in the fall.

In the predominantly African American neighborhood here where Clinton appeared Tuesday, the Democratic nominee is likely to win by a landslide. But the crowd at the West Philadelphia High School gym was given a stern warning: Don’t be complacent.

“Even though we’re doing fine right now, I’m not taking anybody, anywhere for granted,” Clinton said at a voter-registration rally.

Her campaign’s strategy in Pennsylvania keeps to the path it has followed elsewhere. In urban Democratic centers such as Philadelphia, the campaign is focusing on turning out its base, especially minority voters. In suburban and rural enclaves, the campaign is doing intensive outreach to moderates and Republicans, hoping to turn them against Trump.

“I want to be a president for not just Democrats but Republicans and independents, too,” Clinton said in Philadelphia. “I want to be the president for those who voted for me and those who don’t vote for me.”

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