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Analysis: The racist rhetoric behind accusing largely Black cities of voter fraud

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: Rudolph Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, conducts a news conference at the Republican National Committee on lawsuits regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Trump attorneys Jenna Ellis, far left, and Sydney Powell, second from left, and Boris Boris Epshteyn, right, also appear. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Ever since Joe Biden was declared President-elect earlier this month, the Trump campaign has made a target of cities, falsely accusing them of voter fraud and corruption.

Washington (CNN)Ever since Joe Biden was declared President-elect earlier this month, the Trump campaign has made a target of cities, falsely accusing them of voter fraud and corruption.

Really just cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia and Milwaukee -- cities that either are majority Black or have large Black populations.

During a press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, brought another heavily Black city into the picture: Camden, New Jersey.

And it's allowed to happen because it's a Democrat (sic), corrupt city, and has been for years.

As my CNN colleague Harry Enten explained this week, the fact that big cities in battleground states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin broke for Biden isn't what thwarted Trump's quest for reelection.

"Biden won because he was able to build on the traditional Democratic strength in the big cities by expanding his support into the suburban areas right outside of them," Enten wrote.

Trump simply got beat because suburban voters were tired of him. "

And yet, the Trump campaign has said little about suburban voters.

"What we're seeing in the (Trump) campaign now is the same voter suppression practices we have seen historically to target African Americans and other people of color.

Just on Tuesday, Trump personally called two Republican canvass board members from Michigan's Wayne County -- which includes majority-Black Detroit -- in a vertiginous attempt to overturn the outcome of the election he lost.

During a press call last week, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, offered as sharp an articulation of the Trump campaign's efforts to steal the election as might be possible.

"That's the narrative that is continually espoused by the Trump campaign and their allies in these lawsuits. "

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