President Trump on Tuesday defended his slogan “Make America Great Again” when asked by an undecided black voter in a ABC News Mayor’s Event if the term was not “deaf tone.”
Trump has highlighted his black supporters and published statistics that reflect the economic improvement for black Americans before the coronavirus pandemic caused a spike in unemployment in March.
Addressed specifically when things were “big” for blacks, Trump said, “If you go back in time and want to keep it for several years, you can only go back six or seven months from there, it was the best single moment in the history of blacks. the African American people in this country. “
The president’s interrogator, Pastor Carl Day of Philadelphia, who leads the culture of unchanging Christian change, has been identified as someone who voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in 2016.
Day quietly presented his investigation to Trump.
“When has America been beautiful for African Americans in the ghetto of America? Are you aware of the deafening tone that comes to the African American community?” Day said.
“Well, I can say that, we have tremendous African-American support. You’ve probably seen it in the polls. We get along very well with African-Americans, Hispanics-Americans to levels you’ve rarely seen that a Republican has.” said Trump.
“Just before this horrible situation coming from China, when the virus came in, it was this – probably the highest point, the ownership of a house for the black community, the ownership of a house, the lowest crime rate, the best jobs they’ve ever had, the highest income, the best number of jobs they’ve ever had. ”
Trump’s questioning persisted, saying he had not seen improvement for blacks in many administrations.
“We haven’t seen a change, frankly under your administration, under the Obama administration, under Bush, under Clinton, the same thing is happening, the same system, the cycles continue to follow,” Day said.
Day said Trump had not acknowledged there was a “racial problem” in America.
“Well, I hope there’s not a race issue,” Trump told interrogators. “I have great respect for all races, for everyone. This country is beautiful because of this. ”
“But when you go back six months and take a look at what’s going on, it can’t even be compared to past administrations,” Trump said. “When you look at income levels – and a lot of things, because of the work situation, where they had the lowest income – the best unemployment numbers they’ve ever had, the black community by far. And that was resolute. a lot of problems. And you know what else? I was gathering people. “
During the extended dialogue, the interviewer noted that there is an income inequality that has an impact on blacks and “a job of $ 8 an hour does not mean that they can necessarily afford to live where they should live. “.
Trump said that “income inequality – which, I agree with you, is a problem, I always agree with. But if you look under President Obama and Biden, income inequality was phenomenal.” “It was – it was a record.”
Trump said that if it were not for COVID-19, there would be less inequality.
“I think income inequality would be different. He had really arrived. We have to drive. ”