Former Detroit Democratic mayor endorses President Trump

Former President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he departs after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2023, Saturday, March 4, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Former Detroit Democratic Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick endorsed President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential campaign, Trump’s campaign announced.

The announcement was highlighted in a press release highlighting the launch of Trump’s “Black Americans for Trump” coalition ahead of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

“I can never thank President Trump enough for what he’s done for me and my family by giving me freedom. But I believe this election and the issues involved are personal to every family and every person in America,” Kilpatrick said in the statement.

Kilpatrick, previously sentenced to prison for fraud and racketing charges, saw his sentence commuted on Trump’s last day in office during his term as president. He was released after nearly eight years into his 28-year sentence on public corruption charges.

The news of Trump’s new coalition on Saturday came as part of the president’s focus on representing all Americans.

“Never has it been more clear that Joe Biden’s reckless reversal of President Trump’s America First policies is the very reason why Black communities have been utterly decimated under his Administration with sky-high grocery and gas prices, untenable housing costs, an invasion of illegal migrants and rampant violent crime,” said Team Trump Senior Advisor Lynne Patton in the statement. 

“On day one, Donald Trump will reinstate all his proven policies on immigration, law and order, energy, and the economy and put Black America First,” she added.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., one of Trump’s most-discussed potential running mates, added his support to the new initiative.

“Black voters are rallying around Donald J. Trump because of Jobs and Justice,” Scott wrote.

“There is a clear contrast this election, as Black voters experience the loss of spending power under Biden, the ravaging of their neighborhoods because of crime under Democrat leadership, and Biden’s border disproportionately hurting communities of color. Donald Trump offers the best path forward. It’s not just a Black agenda, it is an American agenda,” he continued.

Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds also emphasized the need for Black Americans to support Trump in the November presidential election.

“Beginning on day one of his presidency, Joe Biden shattered opportunities to attain generational wealth, access capital, and achieve the American Dream through overregulation and inflationary overspending. Black Americans are ready for change in November,” he wrote in his endorsement.

The coalition’s launch included a long list of other leading Black conservatives, including former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, Utah Republican Rep. Burgess Owens, and North Carolina Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Robinson.

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