[image-1]If Donald Trump proved anything during his appearance in North Charleston, it’s that he’s having the time of his life. Invited to speak as part of an annual conference held by the S.C. African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Charleston Business Alliance, the Republican presidential frontrunner riffed for 40 minutes on everything from his recent talk show appearances and past legal battles to the late Hungarian-American golfer Julius Boros. What he chose not to touch on were his specific plans as president.
“I don’t like telling people what I want to do all the time,” said Trump, who instead focused on a personal story of defeating an elderly woman in court, as well as sharing his experiences on the campaign trail. In total, Trump dedicated 17 percent of his time to discussing lawsuits and another 18 percent to his polling performance throughout his campaign.
“It’s been an amazing journey for me. It’s been a lot of fun. I never thought I’d be a politician in my life,” said Trump, who was met with shouts of “You’re not a politician” and “We don’t want a politician” from his crowd of supporters. [image-2]The candidate was willing to reveal his expectations for the country should he become president and touched on some of the problems he feels the U.S. faces today.
“If and when I win, this country is going to be so strong. It’s going to be so rich. We’re going to have so many jobs,” he said.
Trump mentioned China 17 times over the course of his speech and was quick to explain that America is losing too many businesses to countries overseas.
“We have lost our way as a country and we need, we need business people. It’s time to get business people in there,” he said. “When you talk about the African-American Chamber of Commerce, you have people that are great business people.”
Several Chamber of Commerce members in the audience did connect with Trump on matters of business, such as a call to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act, reduce the trade deficit, and the claim that over-regulation in the finance industry is choking small business.
“Mr. Trump actually met with the board members, talked about economic development, talked about being a business person and proving yourself in business,” said Kenneth Canty, member of the S.C. African-American Chamber of Commerce. “It’s about entrepreneurship, about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, about taking nothing and turning it into something. That’s what we got out of the speech.”
Canty added, “True business is colorblind. The only color that matters is green, and that’s the language he was speaking today.”