On Thursday, Gregory Cheadle, the black Trump supporter that the president referred to as “my African-American over there” in 2016, left the Republican Party and announced a run for Congress as an independent, citing his frustration that Trump doesn’t care about issues impacting the black community.
In conversation with reporters on the White House lawn, Trump — who seemed not to even remember the incident — brushed the whole thing aside as unimportant.
“The man that you called ‘my African-American’ at your rally in 2016, he says he’s leaving the Republican Party because you’re pursuing a ‘pro-white’ agenda,” said a reporter. “What’s your reaction? What do you say so him? He used to be a supporter of yours … He’s not anymore.”
“I don’t know who you’re talking about,” said Trump.
“The man you pointed out at the rally and called ‘my African-American,'” said the reporter. “He used to support you.”
“We have tremendous African-American support,” said Trump. “I would say I’m at my all-time high. I don’t think I’ve ever had the support I have now. I think I’ll do well with African-Americans. African-American support has been the best we’ve had, and a lot has to do with from an employment and unemployment both, employment and unemployment—”
“Do you think he’s wrong?” the reporter pressed him.
“I think this. It’s very simple. We have the best numbers we’ve had for African-Americans in terms of employment and unemployment,” said Trump. “I think we’re going to do well.”
DOJ investigating why consumers are paying record prices for beef during pandemic: report
On Monday, Politico reported that the Justice Department and Agriculture Department are looking into what they consider to be suspicious price increases of beef for American consumers — on the suspicion that the recent spike in prices may be a result of price-fixing.
"Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic," reported Leah Nylen and Liz Crampton. "But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle."
Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host
On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"
"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."
Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19
On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.
"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."
The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.
Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc