An NBC reporter said her attempt to make Black and Latino voters believe former President Donald Trump is a racist backfired.

NBC News Dasha Burns, speaking on MSNBC on Friday, discussed the former president’s rally in the Bronx, which saw several Democratic voters turn out to support him. Burns said she was surprised at the turnout, given that the Bronx is a Democratic stronghold. She noted that she tried to raise some of Trump’s alleged racial rhetoric to get them to change their minds, but it backfired.

“I talk to these voters about the Central Park five,” Burns said. “I talk to them about some of the comments that he’s made, and the policies beyond rhetoric, right? They are just so focused on what their lives are like right now, what they can feel tangibly that when I push back with those comments, they shut that down. They said, ‘listen, he might say some things.’ Again, they focused on the rhetoric still because they feel like that’s what the media sort of consistently puts out there. They say ‘he might say some stuff that’s offensive, but at the end of the day, I feel like my life was better under former President Trump than under President Biden.’”

Burns noted that the Democrat voter turnout for president continued a trend that sees people of color and minority voters turn from the Democrat party,

“This is what I hear from voters consistently, and we see this reflected in the data as we’re seeing these numbers of black and Hispanic voters sort of getting chipped away from the Democratic Party and moving towards Trump … I see this consistently as I talk to these demographics,” she said.

Trump’s Bronx rally took the country by surprise, with many now predicting that the former president could win New York.

The former president’s shocking rally comes amid his ongoing criminal trial. Following weeks of testimonies, examinations, and cross-examinations, prosecutors and the former president’s lawyers rested on Tuesday. Both parties are set to deliver their closing arguments next week when the trial resumes.