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There is an irony in Trump asking the African-American community to vote for him (and presumably to embrace the world-view of the Republican party at a federal level) whilst Republican-controlled statehouses simultaneously seek to exclude groups that are considered inimical to conservative interests — including African-Americans and younger, better educated voters — from registering to vote.

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