Trump Designates Antifa & KKK as 'Terrorist Organizations'
President slams 'mob rule' of Black Lives Matter for destroying African American lives
President Donald Trump has announced that he is designating the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and violent leftist group Antifa as "terrorist organizations."
The president made the announcement during a "Blacks for Trump" rally in Atlanta on Friday night.
He also slammed the "mob rule" of the radical-left Black Lives Matter organization, which he said is "destroying many black lives."
"The stated goal of BLM organization, people, is to achieve the destruction of the nuclear family, abolish the police, abolish prisons, abolish border security, abolish capitalism, and abolish school choice - that's what their stated goals are," Trump told the crowd.
Trump also vowed to increase capital to black communities by nearly $500 billion, a number first reported by Fox News.
He also pledged to push for Juneteenth, the day slavery officially ended in the United States, to be declared a federal holiday.
Trump made the promises as he spent Friday speaking with communities of color, who tend to vote heavily Democratic.
Earlier Friday he participated in a "Latinos for Trump" event at his property in Miami, Florida.
In Georgia, Trump said he "will always put Americans first and that includes very, very importantly black Americans."
Trump releases "platinum plan" to create 3 million new jobs for the Black community, open 500,000 new Black owned businesses, increase access to capital by $500 Billion, create a national clemency project, pass school choice, better healthcare and more! pic.twitter.com/Bp18YQsDOt— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 25, 2020
He spoke at an event in Atlanta, a majority-black city and the largest in Georgia, a state that could come into play in the November 3 election.
Only Congress has the power to create a federal holiday, but Trump could help introduce a measure for lawmakers to pass.
Calls to make Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday grew louder this summer as Black Lives Matter protests swept through the country and many organizations gave their workers the day off.
It marks when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and shared the news that slavery was abolished, according to The Daily Mail.
Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota do not have a holiday or other official observance of Juneteenth.
Earlier this year, the president had planned to hold his first rally in months on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which saw some of the country's worst racial violence 99 years ago but moved it to June 20 after an outcry.
Trump won Georgia in 2016, but his lead over Biden in the state has recently narrowed, with a New York Times poll this week showing the candidates in a tie.
More than 85% of black voters belong to the Democratic Party or lean toward it, according to the Pew Research Center.
However, Trump assured the Atlanta crowd that Biden "doesn't know black Americans like I do."