U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge fired back Tuesday against comments Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made in Akron about living conditions in minority communities.
Fudge, a Democrat representing a Northeast Ohio district that stretches from Cleveland to Akron, forcefully maintained during a Tuesday conference call organized by Hillary Clinton's campaign that black Ohioans would not buy into Trump's offer.
"And no matter what Donald Trump thinks, he's still only going to get 1 percent of the black vote out of Ohio," said Fudge, a Clinton supporter.
Fudge outlined what she believes minorities have to lose if they vote for Trump — in very plain terms. Civility. Patriotism. The right to vote. Trump also described inner cities as war zones, according to the Washington Post, another remark Fudge derided.
"He asked what we have to lose. We have to lose the respect of the rest of the world, with the exception of possibly Russia," said Fudge, of Warrensville Heights. "We have an awful lot to lose, so I hope that I get an opportunity to answer that question if he comes back to my district."
Fudge noted that she lives "by choice" in a predominantly black city.
"It is not a war zone," she said. "My district is not a war zone. Do we have issues? Like every other district, like every other city, yes."