Trump's insulting and racially tinged rhetoric came hours after he was in Charlotte reaching out to the African-American community and promising a "new deal for black America" if elected president.
And he called for a "21st century Glass Steagall", though he did not specify what that would look like beyond a reform to the banking law that would prioritize helping African-American owned businesses get loans.
"I will further empower cities and states to seek a federal disaster designation for blighted communities", he said, aiming to foster "the rebuilding of vital infrastructure, the demolition of abandoned properties and the increased presence of law enforcement so we have safety in our community".
Aides insisted it was a non-campaign event, but when Trump took the stage, he railed against bloated military hospital construction projects, blasted Obamacare price spikes and congratulated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for sparring Tuesday night with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in a contentious prime-time interview. The last time Trump held a major public event at his hotel in the District was last month, when he acknowledged for the first time that President Obama was born in the United States.
Trump asserted that problems would only worsen under Clinton.
Clinton, meanwhile, returns to North Carolina on Thursday for a rally at Wake Forest University with first lady Michelle Obama.
"Some of our inner cities are more risky than the war zones we're reading about and seeing about every night".
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Trump criticized what he called "uneven justice", and he promised that justice would be applied "fairly and equally and without prejudice" under a Trump administration. "I want every African-American child to be able to walk down the street and not be scared and not get shot".
Trump laid out a platform that combined elements of his education proposals, tax cuts and immigration policies to revive urban areas that he has described as blighted and in despair. "One of the greatest betrayals has been the issue of immigration".
Some black leaders dismissed what one called Trump's "false promises".
But some of the African-American supporters who met with Trump before his speech said he would be a better choice than Democrats who take their votes, but don't deliver results for their communities. "It is my highest and greatest hope that the Republican Party can be the home in the future and forevermore of African-Americans and the African-American vote".
"I'm pretty confident that he'll win this thing in a landslide", Threatt said.
Speaking to reporters during a flight to NY after campaigning in Florida, Clinton also said the proposed merger of AT&T Inc and Time Warner Inc "raises questions and concerns and they should be looked into".
But U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, a Charlotte Democrat and African-American who is Threatt's opponent, criticized Trump in a statement released by the Clinton campaign: "Donald Trump's campaign is built on a foundation of harmful prejudices and economic policies which only benefit millionaires like himself while leaving hardworking North Carolina families behind.... "
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