Ever since announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has been surrounded by a constant cloud of controversy. While Trump was able to weather the storm and clinch the Republican nomination last month, his biggest hurdle in the upcoming general election will be to appeal to minority voters.

African-Americans on Trump

During a campaign rally in California on Friday, Trump addressed a crowd of supporters before noticing an African-American in the audience. Pointing out to the individual, Trump said, "Look at my African-American over here!" The video of the incident quickly went viral, further re-enforcing Trump's critics of their argument that the former host of "The Apprentice" is a racist.

This incident was the topic of discussion during a CNN panel interview on June 3.

Joining host Eric Burnett was Pastor Darrell Scott, an African-American supporter of Trump, who was in the minority for those who defended the candidate's recent comments. Scott responded, saying "It doesn't bother me at all," writing off the comment as nothing more than a "term of endearment." Tara Setmayer, an African-American female political contributor, didn't agree, referring to Scott's comment as "political Stockholm Syndrome," while pointing out Trump's need to point out the black man in the crowd because of the color of his skin like he thought he "owned" him.

As the segment went along, Scott grew increasingly angry, eventually shouting, "The only reason I stand out as a Trump supporter is because I’m black!." After the two continued to go back and forth, Scott concluded, "You find me an aberration because I’m black and I support Trump!"

Election future

Trump's struggle with African-American voters are in line with his current polling with other minorities.

Over 85 percent of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump, with 70 percent of women feeling the same. Even with his current troubles, Trump is neck and neck with Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, according to Real Clear Politics most recent rolling average. While the rice is currently tight,the former Secretary of State is expected to pull ahead following the conclusion of the Democratic primary in July.

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