In recent days on the election battleground, Donald Trump has pled the case for his presidency to African-Americans.
The Republican candidate, who has polled very poorly among potential African-American voters, posed the question:
“What do you have to lose?”
Here were Trump's comments at his rally:
Media outlets and social media immediately jumped on the statement:
But a recent CNN headline had many crying racism and hypocrisy on the part of the news site.
The headline in question:
Trump wants GOP to court black voters — then slams voting rights for felons
The Daily Caller was quick to call the headline “wildly racist,” saying:
Though probably unintentional, the headline gives the insinuation that a huge proportion of blacks are felons and thus are impacted by laws in 48 states that limit felon voting rights.
Blacks are more affected by such laws, due to their higher crime rates, but nevertheless a large majority of black Americans are not felons. At any particular time, only about 8 percent of black Americans are unable to vote due to a felony conviction. The majority of disenfranchised felons are white.
Many on Twitter took CNN to task:
CNN faced a good deal of backlash this election cycle. For example, CNN hired former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to much comment.
The controversial headline still remains on CNN, and neither author of the post have issued an apology or explanation for it.