President Trump likes to say he's the least racist person around. It's part of his last big push to attract more Black voters in the final days before the election. NPR's Ayesha Rascoe takes a look at whether that message has gained any traction.
AYESHA RASCOE, BYLINE: President Trump's closing message to Black Americans has been less about him and more about his Democratic opponent. Even when Trump unveiled his second-term agenda for Black voters called the Platinum Plan, he spent most of his time bashing Joe Biden. Here's a taste of how he name-checked Biden more than 20 times.
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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I've spent the last four years reversing the horrible damage Joe Biden inflicted on the Black community over 47...
No one in Washington politics today has done more to hurt Black Americans than Joe Biden.
Biden should not be demanding your support. He should be begging for your forgiveness. He really should be.
RASCOE: Critics say this is more about discouraging Democratic voters than it is about converting them to Trump. The campaign says that's not the intent. Adviser Katrina Pierson says Trump is just making the case he's done a better job for African Americans.
KATRINA PIERSON: We hear this rhetoric a lot that President Trump's - for some reason doesn't support Black and brown Americans when, in fact, our president has done more than any other president in our lifetime to help empower a great opportunity.
RASCOE: Pierson says the campaign has put real resources into reaching Black voters. They spent $20 million on outreach, including a Super Bowl ad and door-knocking. And they opened 17 field offices in Black neighborhoods in swing states.
No one expects Trump to flip Black voters, who overwhelmingly vote Democrat. The message may be getting through to some, especially young voters. The website FiveThirtyEight crunched the numbers and found that support from younger voters for Trump was at 21%, up from 10% in 2016. But that segment of voters is tricky for Trump.
THEODORE JOHNSON: That's the most unreliable part of the Black electorate.
RASCOE: That's Theodore Johnson of the Brennan Center for Justice. He studies the role of race in elections. He says older Black voters show up, and they organize others. Polls also show that they intensely dislike Trump.