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As inauguration day nears, President-elect Donald Trump is visiting states where Republicans outvoted Democrats to secure his presidential win as a way to thank voters. During a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday, Trump also thanked African Americans for “coming through big league” on Election Day, reports the Washington Post.

Trump said during remarks at the Delta Plex that Blacks who stayed home were “almost as good” as those who voted, the report notes

“The African American community was great to us,” he said. “They came through, big league. Big league. And frankly if they had any doubt, they didn’t vote, and that was almost as good because a lot of people didn’t show up, because they felt good about me.” Although exit polls show that Hillary Clinton won the Black vote by a landslide, garnering the support of 89 percent of African American voters compared to Trump’s 8 percent, it still wasn’t enough for her to be elected president due to the low voter turnout.

Trump also thanked Latinos and women, groups he derided on the campaign trail, for casting their votes for him. Michigan was one of the unexpected states where Trump triumphed over Clinton, the Post writes:

“People are paying attention to you now,” he said. “These people are talking about you every night. They never talked about you. They care about you now.”

SOURCE: Washington Post


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