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Fri Aug 16, 2019, 04:27 PM

Donald Trump said he's done more for African Americans than any president. Historians disagree




Donald Trump said he's done more for African Americans than any president. Historians disagree




By Louis Jacobson on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 2:23 p.m.
Pastor Darrell Scott, at left, listens as then-candidate Donald Trump speaks at Trump Tower on April 18, 2016

President Donald Trump has often claimed credit for African American economic success, such as touting the African American unemployment rate on his watch. But amid swirling controversies over his tweets attacking Rep. Elijah Cummings and his heavily African American district in Maryland, he took it to a new level during July 30 remarks to reporters at the White House.



"What I've done for African Americans in two and a half years, no president has been able to do anything like it," Trump said. "Unemployment at the lowest level in the history of our country for African Americans — nobody can beat that. You look at poverty levels, they’re doing better than they’ve ever done before. So many things. Opportunity zones. Criminal justice reform — President Obama couldn’t get it done."


When we took a closer look, we found that Trump does have a point about some of the economic and policy details he mentioned. His campaign also pointed to a double-digit funding increase he sought and signed for historically black colleges and universities.

However, Trump overstated his own standing within history. It’s exceedingly difficult for Trump to top the landmark efforts by his predecessors in the White House, including Abraham Lincoln, who fought the Civil War and pushed the constitutional amendments that ended slavery, and Lyndon B. Johnson, who fought for and signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

Because Trump’s boast is ultimately an opinion, we won’t put it to the Truth-O-Meter. However, we’ll take a look at the evidence and share the views of presidential historians........................................

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Fri Aug 16, 2019, 04:30 PM

1. Why even bother? It's just another of his bullshit brags...

and anyone who believes him is too stupid to find the voting booth.

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Fri Aug 16, 2019, 05:57 PM

2. Link for source?

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