ATLANTA — President Trump sought Friday to demonstrate support within the black community ahead of his reelection bid next year, vowing to campaign for “every last African American vote” even as polls show him with anemic standing among that key demographic.

The president rallied a few hundred supporters at a Black Voices for Trump campaign event at the Georgia World Congress Center, where he boasted about economic gains and criminal justice reform and denounced Democratic leadership in major American cities.

Referring to the Democrats’ overwhelming advantage among black voters, Trump told the audience: “It’s amazing that you’ve stayed so long, to be honest. It almost becomes a habit, right? Like it’s, ‘Oh, we vote for a Democrat.’ Nobody knows why they vote for a Democrat.”

Trump was routed among black voters in 2016, with Democrat Hillary Clinton winning 88 percent compared with just 8 percent who supported Trump, according to exit polls. Campaign officials suggested that the new outreach effort, co-chaired by businessman Herman Cain and Detroit pastor Darrell Scott, will boost Trump’s support in black communities.

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