Democratic activists have scoffed at some Republicans’ claims that Trump might cut into the Democratic Party’s command of the black vote, an advantage that liberals have enjoyed for decades, but some Democratic operatives are not dismissing that the black vote could have an effect in a presidential election that is expected to be another nail-biter.

Rodell Mollineau, a Democratic strategist, said that, “overall,” Democrats would win the vast majority of black votes in November.

But Mollineau cautioned his party not to ignore Trump’s play: “It’s a reminder that Democrats shouldn’t take the African American vote for granted. Our formula for winning includes driving up African American turnout in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. These are going to be close races, and every vote will count.”