President Donald Trump adeptly deflected accusations from CBS on Sunday that his presidency has harmed race relations, telling “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan that the impressive economic gains being enjoyed by minorities across the nation point to “something very special” happening.
“What has happened is very interesting. The economy is so good right now. You saw the jobs report just came out. Three hundred and four thousand added jobs, which is a shocker, for the month. A shocker to a lot of people,” he replied when Brennan asked him about race relations.
“The African-Americans have the best employment numbers in the history of our country. Hispanic Americans have the best employment numbers in the history of our country. Asian-Americans the best in the history of our country. You look at women, the best in 61 years.”
He was right about women. As noted late last year by Elaine Parker, the president of the Job Creators Network Foundation, women are obtaining more education, earning more money and starting more businesses. They’re faring so well that last year their unemployment rate hit a 65-year low.
“And our employment numbers are phenomenal, the best in over 50 years. So I think I’ve been given a lot of credit for that. And in terms of race, a lot of people are saying well this is something very special what’s happening,” Trump continued Sunday.
Brennan appeared unconvinced.
“So- because when colleagues of yours, even like Republican Senator Tim Scott. He said Donald Trump is not racist. But he said you’re racially insensitive,” she prodded.
It’s true that South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a black man, has been critical of the president at times for the inarticulate way he sometimes expresses himself. But it’s also true that Scott has at times fiercely praised the president — such as following the passage of Trump’s historic tax reform bill.
“I have a great relationship with Tim and certainly with his state, South Carolina,” the president replied Sunday to Brennan’s prodding. “And I think if you look at the numbers for African-American unemployment, best numbers they’ve had- literally the best numbers they’ve had in history. And I think they like me a lot and I like them a lot.”
He was right again. By mid 2018, the president’s approval rating among black men had risen to 22 percent. Another poll conducted around the same time found that his approval rating among all blacks had likewise jumped from 8.9 percent on April 22 to 16.5 percent on April 29.
While some attributed those spikes to rapper Kanye West’s sudden embrace of Trump last spring, polling data from Rasmussen shows that by August the president’s approval among blacks had risen even further to a stunning record high of 36 percent:
Today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 36%
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) 15 August 2018
It’s unclear whether his approval has since dropped, remained steady or risen. Do note though that his overall approval with all Americans has remained somewhat steady, even through the now-concluded government shutdown that occurred through late December and nearly all of January.
Moreover, a lot has happened since August, including the launch of the “Blexit” movement.
What’s also unclear is why Brennan had been on Trump’s case about race relations. A poll conducted near the end of former President Barack Obama’s presidency found that “[n]early six in 10 Americans, including heavy majorities of both whites and blacks, think race relations are generally bad.”
Other polls showed the same thing:
2004: When GWB was Prez, 68% of blacks said good/somewhat good. This, too, fell sharply under Obama. pic.twitter.com/zqvQv4G3mx
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) 29 January 2019
But for some reason Obama was never asked about this, which is odd. According to social media, it’s clear that Obama is the one whom the media should be asking about race relations, since he’s allegedly the reason they reportedly became sour.
Obama ratcheted all this up with Black Lives Matter and the way his First Lady spoke about things – race relations were 100% better ten years ago – Trump inherited this mess from Obama and now the MSM fans the flames constantly
— Kurt 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@JohnnyFreedom99) 3 February 2019
I know right? Trump will go down as the best president ever and Obama destroyed race relations and set our country back 30 years. The comparison is ridiculous.
— Justin Jones (@JustinJ2143) 3 February 2019
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