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Trump Thanks Blacks Who Didn't Vote

President-elect Donald Trump called Black voters who did not vote on Election Day "almost as good" as the ones who voted for him.

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According to President-elect Donald Trump, Black voters who stayed home on Election Day were "almost as good" as the ones who voted for him, who came through for him "big league."


"The African American community was great to us. They came through, big league. Big league," he said at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "And frankly if they had any doubt, they didn't vote, and that was almost as good because a lot of people didn't show up, because they felt good about me."

The rally on Friday was part of the president-elect's "Donald J. Trump USA Thank You Tour 2016," in which he is traveling to each state he defeated his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton. Trump won Michigan by a very small margin, 47.6 percent to 47.3 percent, according to CNN's exit poll.

Trump received about just 8 percent of the Black vote nationally, according to exit polls. He was widely considered unfavorable by Blacks throughout his campaign. But Clinton failed to garner as much African American support as President Barack Obama did in 2012, at which time 93 percent of Black voters voted for him. About 88 percent voted for Clinton this year. In 2012, Republican candidate Mitt Romney received 6 percent of the Black vote.

Related Story: Trump: Black Americans Live in 'Ghettos'

The fact that Trump garnered more of the Black vote nationally than Romney did in 2012 was unexpected given some of his campaign rhetoric. He repeatedly made false statements about all Black Americans living in poverty and inner cities. He repeatedly told Black voters at rallies, "What do you have to lose?"

At an Ohio rally in October, Trump said Blacks live in inner cities and "ghettos." The word "ghetto" is widely considered an outdated term and is no longer used in mainstream media discussions.

Related Story: Dear Trump: Not all Black People Live in Inner Cities

New Voter ID Rules Pass in Michigan House

Trump's rally came just two days after Michigan's house, which is Republican-led, passed a very strict voter ID law. Michigan voters can cast a provisional ballot without showing photo ID, but they must present a photo ID to their local clerk's office within 10 days of the election for their vote to be counted. The measure passed 57-50.

Originally, the law allowed voters to cast ballots without showing photo ID, but they had to sign an affidavit and faced perjury if they were lying about their identity. According to The Detroit News, 18,388 residents of Michigan voted this way, of whom about half were from Wayne County — where Clinton won 66.8 percent to 39.9 percent. Wayne County, according to Census data, is 39.1 percent Black. Overall, the state of Michigan is just 14.1 percent Black.

According to Rep. Lisa Lyons (R-Alto), who sponsored the legislation, the bill will "deter and detect fraud, however widespread it may or may not be."

No cases of voter fraud were reported, according to the Michigan Secretary of State's office. Despite repeated studies showing that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent, Trump and other Republicans have insisted it is a rampant problem across the country.

Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) pointed to the inevitable confusion the new requirements will create.

"This is going to cause confusion and chaos at the polls," he said. "There's going to be arguments, voters aren't going to understand, and long lines are going to get even longer. Maybe that's the point."

As the legislation currently reads, $8 million will be dedicated to "election modernization, voter education and implementation" of the requirements, $2 million will be allocated for free birth certificates and $1 million will be put toward a free ID program.

But Melissa Kovach, a member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan, said this does not cover all costs the bill will burden voters with.

"Waiving the cost of a photo ID does not account for other significant costs that voters will have to pay, including transportation, waiting in line, time away from work or acquiring the underlying documents like a birth certificate," she wrote in a blog post. "The practical effect of these bills will be to disenfranchise the vast majority of eligible voters who don't have photo ID or show up on Election Day without it."

Republicans also represent the majority of the state's Senate, 27-11. It is unclear if Gov. Rick Snyder (R) will sign the bill, should it pass.

"Gov. Snyder doesn't decide whether or not he will sign a bill until he is sent the final version as passed by both chambers and has a chance to thoroughly review it," a spokeswoman for the governor said.

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Rev. William Barber Condemns Evangelicals Who Support Trump's Policies

"I'm a Christian evangelical, I grew up in the Christian faith, and one of the most clear public policies that you're supposed to engage in as a just society is fairness toward the strangers, immigrants," Barber said.

The NAACP and Rev. Dr. William Barber called out evangelical Christians who back President Donald Trump's family separation policy, and called the policy racist.

"We see this happening," Barber said, "and this attack on children — we know it's brown children, it wouldn't be happening if it wasn't brown children at the southern border — is white supremacy, white nationalism, being implemented in our public policy right in front of our faces."

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California Governor to Pull National Guard From Border

"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism," says Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday will order the removal of roughly 360 National Guard members from California's southern boundary with Mexico.

"This is our answer to the White House: No more division, xenophobia or nativism."

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ICE Ran Fake University in Michigan to Nab Undocumented Immigrants

"We are all aware that international students can be a valuable asset to our country, but as this case shows, the well-intended international student visa program can also be exploited and abused," U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Mike Schneider said in a statement.

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The University of Farmington, through its well-curated social media accounts and website, lauded itself as "a nationally accredited business and STEM institution located in Metro Detroit."

However, the "university" was a phony cover ran by The Department of Homeland Security and the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an effort to target undocumented immigrants trying to remain in the United States by way of obtaining student visas.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls Out NY Republican Congressman for His Bigotry

Attacks from right-wing activists and Republicans congressmen continue in what seems to mirror Trump's division and hate tactics.

White Republican men continue to try to discredit and silence women in Congress.

In the latest, a New York Congressman decides Twitter is a place to discuss his lies about Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Congresswoman who he claims is a terrorist sympathizer.

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Trump's Company Now Verifying Employees' Legal Status, After Firing Undocumented Workers

Eric Trump actually said his father's shutdown for the wall hindered them from adopting E-Verify.

The Trump Organization was outed for having a slew of undocumented workers from Latin America on his payroll for years, including at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y., where at least a dozen were fired last week. His company acknowledges they actually didn't use E-Verify, a federal tool to verify employment eligibility.

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Stacey Abrams to Give Democratic Response to Trump's State of the Union

"I plan to deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard," Abrams said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday afternoon that Stacey Abrams will give the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union (SOTU) address next week.

"She is just a great spokesperson, Schumer said. "She is an incredible leader."

"I plan to deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard," Abrams said.

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