CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In his first speech since a major campaign executive shake-up, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump, made a very presidential-sounding speech.
Trump started his speech by recognizing the devastation in Louisiana, "I hope everyone in LA knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them in these difficult hours," Trump said. Trump and his vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will travel to Louisiana on Friday.
Trump made a near-apology in his speech saying sometimes he doesn't choose the right words, "I've never been politically correct it takes far too much time and can often make it more difficult to achieve total victory. Sometimes in the heat of debate you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing, I have done that and believe it or not, I regret it," Trump said.
Bill Ames, a North Carolina voter from Gastonia says he respects Trump for admitting to mistakes, "I give him credit for pretty much apologizing and saying he was wrong so I take that as a positive step the way he’s speaking now," Ames said.
Trump also made a major appeal to the African-American voters, telling them that they have nothing to lose by choosing him, "We are going to reject bigotry and I will tell you the bigotry of Hillary Clinton is amazing, she sees communities of color only as votes and not as human beings...She's been there forever, and look at where you are. If African American voters give Donald Trump a chance y giving me their vote the result for them will be amazing.”
Lafonda Jackson, a Charlotte resident and African-American, is registered independent. She says after a lot of research, she's voting for Trump, and his speech today solidified that, "I think it’s a move in the right direction. It is time for a change and as he stated, decades they’ve taken our vote and done nothing with it. Hillary has had 30 years, nothing has happened, we’re still in the same predicament year after year.”