President Trump is unveiling an economic empowerment plan for black Americans in Atlanta on Friday that will designate both Antifa and the Ku Klux Klan as terrorist organizations.
The “Platinum Plan” details Trump’s vision for a potential second term, including increasing access to capital to black businesses by almost $500 billion, which will create 3 million new jobs for the black community, and creating 50,000 new black-owned businesses, the document said.
It comes as the Trump campaign tries to boost support among black voters, touting its criminal justice reforms and record low African American unemployment before the pandemic.
Under the four pillars of “opportunity,” “security,” “prosperity” and “fairness,” the Trump campaign vowed to make symbolic gestures, including designating Juneteenth as a national holiday and making lynching a hate crime.
The president will also label both the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations, something he has promised to do since 2019, presumably through executive action.
But the Platinum Plan also includes initiatives to foster more prosperous African American communities by increasing home ownership, improving access to broadband, developing easier pathways to credit and introducing school choice.
The Trump campaign has made aggressive steps to court black voters, increasing federal funding for historically black colleges and signing into law the First Step Act, which gave judges more discretion in sentencing drug offenders.
The Platinum Plan promises to follow up with more reforms, calling it the “Second Step Act.”
The commander-in-chief frequently calls himself a much better candidate for African Americans, and has accused opponent Joe Biden of taking the black vote for granted.
Sweeping victories in Southern states from black Democratic voters vaulted Biden to the top of the party’s grueling primary earlier this year, but he has since been undone by a string of missteps.
In May, Biden ignited a political firestorm when he said on a radio show that any African Americans considering voting for Trump “ain’t black.”
The crime bills he introduced as a Delaware senator in the 1980s and ’90s have also come under intense scrutiny for creating racial disparities in sentencing and jail terms.