Donald Trump on Tuesday gloated about his efforts on behalf of the African American community, reverting to his oft-repeated line that the African American unemployment rate is at its lowest rate ever recorded—and members of the Congressional Black Caucus were unimpressed.
“Something I’m very proud of: African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded,” Trump said during his State of the Union address. as members of the Republican party stood to applaud the president, CNN’s cameras cut away to the Congressional Black Caucus, who sat motionless with looks of disbelief and disinterest clear on their faces.
Trump has tried various appeals to black voters, 88 percent of whom voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. During the election, he asked communities of color, “What do you have to lose?” in a speech declaring war zones “safer than living in some of our inner cities.”
“To the African Americans, who I employ so many, so many people, to the Hispanics, tremendous people: What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump asked in that August 2016 speech. “Give me a chance. I’ll straighten it out. I’ll straighten it out. What do you have to lose?”
His latest appeal is centered around the black unemployment rate, which is currently at currently 6.8 percent. But, as NPR notes, “those rates had been falling for long before Trump took office, and their declines don’t appear to have picked up speed.”
“Indeed, both of these rates have been falling relatively steadily since around 2010, early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House,” NPR reports.
Still, Trump insists on digging his heels in when it comes to his hand in the unemployment rate among African Americans. Sunday, the president took to Twitter to attack rapper Jay-Z, suggesting “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”
Jay-Z triggered Trump’s fury during a CNN interview Saturday, when he criticized the president’s “sh*thole” remarks.
“You treat people like human beings,” Jay-Z said. “That’s the main point.”
Watch below, via CNN:
Former FBI agent explains why Trump just opened himself to more legal problems
Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained that the recent revelations that President Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that made an intelligence official uncomfortable enough to declare themselves a whistleblower.
Rangapp explained that the President has a fairly wide latitude to conduct foreign affairs as he sees fit. But "when it comes to the 'outside world,' the President represents the sovereign: He is basically the voice of the United States and can negotiate with world leaders on its behalf."
Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup in high school Halloween costume
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday for wearing brownface makeup to a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to a re-election campaign dogged by controversy.
Time magazine published the photograph one week into a federal election campaign with Trudeau's Liberal Party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer.
Trudeau, 47, whose party won a landslide victory in 2015, has already been under attack for an ethics lapse and other controversies.
The black-and-white photograph shows Trudeau, then 29, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened at a gala party in 2001.
A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning
While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.