Trump’s speech, which was about 15 minutes long, was marked by its notably subdued delivery — a stark contrast from his bombastic style on the stump. Guided by the teleprompter, Trump occasionally ad-libbed but largely appeared to read from the prepared remarks.
The Trump campaign has sought in recent days to mitigate the damage done by his persistent attacks against a federal judge who is hearing two lawsuits against him. Trump, last week, said that U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s ethnicity presented a conflict of interest in his treatment of the cases against the Trump University for-profit education business. Curiel, who is of Hispanic descent, was born in Indiana.
Trump’s comments were sharply denounced by members of his own party; meanwhile, Democrats pointed to them to characterize Trump as a racist, charges which have followed him since he announced his White House bid last summer. Trump has dismissed accusations of racial bias, saying Friday that “people should not be judged on the basis of their race and ethnicity.”
He made specific reference to lifting black and Latino communities from poverty in his remarks Friday.
“Her policies will be a crushing blow to all poor people in this country, [they] will plunge our poor African American and Hispanic communities into turmoil and even worse, despair,” Trump told the crowd.
Trump also called on the former secretary of state, who this week became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, to draw down aid to refugee programs to “replace her support for increased refugee admissions … for a new jobs program for our inner cities. We have to take care of the people who are here.”
His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for further information on the costs of a jobs program for inner cities or whether it would qualify as a stimulus package.