Trump defends ‘MAGA’ when asked when America was great for black Americans
President Trump on Tuesday defended his slogan “Make America Nice Once more” when requested by a black undecided voter at an ABC News town hall event if the time period wasn’t “tone deaf.”
Trump highlighted his black supporters and touted statistics that mirror financial enchancment for black People earlier than the coronavirus pandemic brought on a spike in joblessness in March.
Addressing particularly when issues have been “nice” for black folks, Trump stated: “When you return and also you wish to look over a few years, you may simply return six or seven months from now, that was the very best single second within the historical past of the African-American folks on this nation.”
The president’s questioner, Pastor Carl Day of Philadelphia, who leads the Tradition Altering Christians nonprofit, was recognized as somebody who voted for Inexperienced Get together candidate Jill Stein in 2016.
Day bluntly offered his inquiry to Trump.
“When has America been nice for African People within the ghetto of America? Are you conscious of how tone deaf that comes off to the African American neighborhood?” Day stated.
“Nicely, I can say this, now we have large African-American assist. You’ve in all probability seen it within the polls. We’re doing extraordinarily effectively with African-American, Hispanic-American at ranges that you just’ve hardly ever seen a Republican have,” Trump stated.
“You look simply previous to this horrible state of affairs coming in from China, when the virus got here in, that was the — in all probability the very best level, residence possession for the black neighborhood, residence possession, decrease crime, the very best jobs they’ve ever had, highest revenue, the very best employment numbers they’ve ever had.”
Trump’s questioner persevered, saying he hadn’t seen enchancment for black folks beneath many administrations.
“We’ve not been seeing a change, fairly frankly beneath your administration, beneath the Obama administration, beneath the Bush, beneath the Clinton, the exact same factor taking place, the exact same system, the cycles proceed to ensue,” Day stated.
Day stated Trump hadn’t acknowledge there was a “race drawback” in America.
“Nicely, I hope there’s not a race drawback,” Trump advised the questioner. “I’ve nice respect for all races, for everyone. This nation is nice due to it.”
“However while you return six months and also you check out what was taking place, you may’t even examine that with previous administrations,” Trump stated. “While you take a look at revenue ranges — and numerous issues, due to the job state of affairs, the place they’d the bottom revenue — the very best unemployment numbers they’ve ever had, the black neighborhood by far. And that was fixing numerous issues. And you understand what else? It was bringing folks collectively.”
Throughout the prolonged dialogue, the questioner famous that there’s revenue inequality impacting black folks and “an $eight an hour job doesn’t imply that they’ll essentially afford to reside the place they should reside.”
Trump stated that “the revenue inequality — which, I agree with you, is an issue, I all the time agreed with that. However should you look beneath President Obama and Biden the revenue inequality was phenomenal. It was — it was file setting.”
Trump stated if not for COVID-19, there could be much less inequality.
“I feel, revenue inequality could be completely different. It was actually getting there. We have been actually driving it down.”