On CNN Saturday, in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s Atlanta “Blacks for Trump” rally, NAACP Atlanta president Richard Rose clashed with Trump’s Diversity Council director Bruce LeVell over the president’s record for people of color.
“What is his standing in the black community as you’ve seen it?” asked anchor Christi Paul.
“We take the words of some of the Republicans. As Andrew Gillum said when he was running for governor of Florida, it is the racists who calls this president the racist,” said Rose. “It’s Lindsey Graham who said he was racist, xenophobic, and a religious bigot. We can’t disagree with that. The policies of this administration including not enforcing consent decrees, not enforcing four consent orders that were voluntary as it relates to police brutality all over this country, his administration has rolled back the gains we have made under the Obama Administration … I’ve known numerous Black Republicans, but they don’t ascribe to this kind of racism.”
“Look. At the end of the day the president gets the credit good or bad. Let’s just agree he’s doing better for all Americans,” said LeVell. “I have to keep putting this in perspective. It is essential and vital to build Black generational wealth back. Opportunity Zones is a magnificent tool. It’s one of the best tools we have. We can get better, yes. But when you go to an African-American community, ask yourself, who owns the grocery store, the gas stations. I’m one of the largest Black jewelry store owners in the country. I’m African-American … the numbers don’t lie.”
“Here are the numbers,” said Paul. “The president in August of 2016 he said, ‘At the end of four years I guarantee you I’ll get over 59 percent of the African-American vote.’ In the latest Quinnipiac poll, he has 10 percent and 80 percent believe he’s racist.”
“No. That’s an unfair statement. That’s unfair,” said LeVell.
“It’s in a poll. It’s in the poll,” shot back Paul.
“The man has been out there for 40-plus years, Christi,” complained LeVell. “All of a sudden he announces a run for president and he’s racist.”
“He was a racist before he announced his race for president,” said Rose. “He called for execution for the Central Park Five, who were found to be innocent, and he still has not apologized for that.”
“Bruce, let me ask you this, and, Richard, the same question,” said anchor Martin Savidge. “How much do you believe the president was actually targeting African-Americans [with this rally] or was more directed to try to soothe the worried minds of white American voters who feel very bad about supporting a president who talks down to African-Americans?”
“I disagree. Look at the cities. Look around this great nation, Martin,” said LeVell. “The numbers don’t lie. There’s a crane in every part of Atlanta. There’s a revitalization.”
“This has nothing to do with this president. None of that has anything to do with this president,” said Rose. “All he had to do — all he had to do was maintain what the Obama Administration had started. Now we’ve got tariffs and trade wars going on. This has been a disaster. Economists tell us we’re headed for a slowdown because of the actions of this president.”
“Are we better off now than we were eight years ago?” said LeVell.
“Eight years ago, he doesn’t have anything to do with it!” shot back Rose.
Susan Rice tears into Trump for ‘brushing off information’ critical to troops’ ‘life and death’ because he can’t hear bad news
On CNN Wednesday, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice ripped President Donald Trump for ignoring intelligence on Russian bounties against American troops.
"My job was to brief the president, to bring to the president all that he needs to hear, not what he wants to hear," said Rice. "When I served President Obama, he would sometimes joke that I and others who brought bad news were the 'doomsday people,' but he always listened to what we had to say and he never conveyed the impression that news was too bad to be worthy of him hearing. You don't intimidate the messengers ... this president is derelict in his duty, brushing off information that is critical to the life and death of our service members and does so because he doesn't want to hear bad news."
Trump savaged by ex-NAACP president for refusing to denounce ‘white power’: He has been ‘coy with white supremacists’
On CNN Wednesday, former NAACP President Ben Jealous tore into President Donald Trump for his refusal to disavow the "white power" video he retweeted earlier in the week.
"You know, this president has been coy with white supremacists again and again," said Jealous. "He did it around the Ku Klux Klan early on. He did it with Charlottesville, there is good people on both sides. And now you see him do it here."
"Again, it's part of his attempt to dog whistle, to play to his base," said Jealous. "He's running like George Wallace. He's running like Lester Maddox. You know, he has the RNC scheduled for him to speak on Ax Handle Saturday. It's a mess. And that just — these are his instincts. This is a guy — the Central Park Five, the world has known for 20 years they are innocent, he insists they are guilty. When it comes to race, he has a real problem."
Trump aides are trying to decide if it’s a better to close down again — or just let people die
President Donald Trump's inner circle is battling over the decision to return the country to closed and caution or to simply let people die from the coronavirus.
CNN.com reported Wednesday evening that a debate is afoot in the White House about whether they should push forward with the reopening, regardless of the death toll. If the president's Fox interview Wednesday afternoon is any indication, he's opted for the latter approach, continuing to reopen and urge Americans that everything is fine, even if it isn't.