Donald Trump continues to claim he’s not a racist after his recent behind-closed-door comments where he referred to El Salvador, Haiti and the nations within Africa as “shithole” countries.
Those comments were actually brought up during an interview with Jay-Z from yesterday (January 27). Hov said that 45’s limited experience with Black people drives him to act how he does and called his most recent racist comments “hurtful.”
Of course, Trump shot back on Twitter this morning and cited the so-called low Black unemployment rate as proof that he’s no bigot.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Our economy is better than it has been in many decades. Businesses are coming back to America like never before. Chrysler, as an example, is leaving Mexico and coming back to the USA. Unemployment is nearing record lows. We are on the right track!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Of course social media is dragging The Donald for his comments.
Some are pointing out that Black unemployment is actually due to Barack Obama's administration and policies.
Somebody please inform Donald Trump that black unemployment was cut in half under President Obama, that Trump lied about it and denied it when it happened, and then inherited Obama’s economy and took credit for it. https://t.co/HzfGH9HBRj— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 28, 2018
Somebody needs to explain you have had no policies that effected this.— Meg Y. (@meg_Y12) January 28, 2018
Forget Jay-Z and focus on the spin. Black unemployment has been declining since 2010 at a steady rate, but less jobs were created in 2017 than the past 6 years.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 28, 2018
And, at 6.8%, Black unemployment is nearly twice the rate of white people, at 3.7%.
Trump has done nothing.
Black unemployment numbers have been declining the last 6 years please try to tell the truth once and tell the whole story— Michael Sheehan (@Griz521) January 28, 2018
Others point out that Trump only seems to be responding to Black people who've questioned him. Why no Eminem diss?
Eminem watching Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z get a response from Trump before he does. pic.twitter.com/v4iKTVqAIU— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) January 28, 2018
Eminem has been criticizing Trump for months, Trump has never responded.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 28, 2018
Interesting to see Trump respond to Jay-Z in less than 24-hours. https://t.co/8wLUY9maWM
Trump ignores Eminem’s diss track, but responds immediately to Jay-Z’s criticism. Wonder what the difference is.— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 28, 2018
[Eminem criticizes Trump]— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 28, 2018
[Jay-Z criticizes Trump]
Trump's treatment of Jay-Z and Eminem should come as no surprise. It's just like his 1970s housing discrimination scandal when there were "no vacancies for blacks." The only difference is that the same racist is now President of the United States.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 28, 2018
Others spoke other truths...
OMG @realDonaldTrump, we all know since you CONSTANTLY repeat yourself. Low unemployment does not make up for your racist remarks and the hate you spew. Why don’t you listen to voters and think about why they are unhappy with you— Enough is Enough (@JessResists) January 28, 2018
There was never a targeted effort by the Trump White House to lower black unemployment. It happened along the way. It is still the higher unemployment of all groups. https://t.co/FeGYbvKaJF— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 28, 2018
.@MILBANK: When campaigning for president #Trump said unemployment rates are all nonsense & the stock market is a bubble... lo & behold the same pattern continues, the unemployment rate continues to go down for blacks & everybody else... all of a sudden he’s taking credit #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/82arZqkiBr— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) January 28, 2018
Donald, a word to the wise: If you constantly have to prove that you're not a racist, chances are... well, we'll let you finish that.
Oh, and another way you can not be racist? Stop saying racist s**t!
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