Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump predicted during a rally Friday night that he will win 95 percent of the African-American vote after his first term in the Oval Office.
In a speech in which he made a plea for votes from the African-American community, Trump told supporters in Dimondale, Mich., that he will become the overwhelming choice of black voters in 2020.
"Look how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic rule. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?" Trump openly asked.
"I say it again: What do you have to lose? What do you have to lose? You're living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?
"At the end of the four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote," Trump promised the crowd.
"Because I will produce for the inner cities and I will produce for the African-Americans. And the Democrats will not produce and all they've done is taken advantage of your vote. And once the election is over, they go back to their palaces in Washington and, you know what, they do nothing for you. Remember it. So you have nothing to lose."
Notably, the prediction was not included in his prepared remarks, which were sent out to reporters midway through his speech.
According to current polling, Trump is receiving about 1 percent of the African-American vote to Hillary Clinton's 85 percent. Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson is ahead of Trump too, winning 7 percent.
Republicans have long struggled to win support from African-Americans. In 2008 and 2012, President Obama was the overwhelming winner of the African-American community, with 95 and 93 percent supporting him in 2008 and 2012, respectively.
It's the third time this week Trump has made speeches with overt appeals to African-Americans, following remarks in Milwaukee on Tuesday and Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.