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September 02, 2016

Protests erupt outside Trump's private meeting with Philly's black leaders

Republican nominee for president is trying to gain support among minority voters ahead of November's general election

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Many gathered to protest presidential candidate Donald Trump's arrival to Philadelphia months before the general election.

Republican candidate for president Donald Trump has officially made his way to Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Francisville where he'll later have a roundtable discussion with the community's black leaders.

With just months until November's historic general election, Trump is continuing his efforts to gain minority votes across the country. Our reporter Brian Hickey – on Twitter @BrianPHickey – reported live from the scene where protests erupted on the streets surrounding the church and venue.

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The hush-hush meeting will allegedly happen at The View at 800 N. Broad Street and comes days after the candidate's meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. That night during a speech, Trump detailed plans to build a wall along the country's shared border in an effort to remedy illegal immigration.

Black Lives Matters protestors stood outside while child children held up signs like, "Trump Go Home" and "Philly Loves Immigrants."

Trump's lack of popularity among non-white has been a hurdle for him throughout his campaign. One recent poll shows that only 8 percent of black voters support the Republican candidate. 

In a recent speech, Trump asked minority voters "What the hell do you have to lose (by voting for me)?"

A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton's campaign said Trump is "out of touch" with the black community in a news release sent out Friday afternoon.

"While pushing a hateful, divisive and dangerous agenda, his photo-op in Philadelphia today is nothing more than an offensive gimmick," said Corey Dukes, Hillary for Pennsylvania' state director. "...We cannot allow someone who has centered his campaign around hateful and offensive attacks against people from all backgrounds to be elected as our next president."