Donald Trump going off the wall is nothing new. It seems he’s getting more bold every day and there’s really nothing to stop him from doing just that.
Cementing his top spot as a Republican front-runner has only added more fuel to the fire that is Mr. Trump, and after a slew of heavy hits from the likes of President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, he’s only responded in true Donald Trump fashion with his favorite words ‘disgraceful’ and ’embarrassment’ in abundance.
Oddly enough, Trump sparingly tries his hand at grasping the Black GOP vote, and when he does, President Obama is almost always somewhere in the equation.
It was during a stump speech in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that Donald trump sold himself as a “unifier,” stating President Obama hasn’t done enough to help the Black voters who helped get him into office.
“If I were African American, I would be so angry at him,” Trump said. “African American youth has an almost 60 percent unemployment rate. African American people that are 25 — prime-time age — 25 to 40 have such a high unemployment rate, you wouldn’t believe.”
It was at that point that a woman in the crowd shouted out, “Amen!”, urging the GOP candidate on.
“Now, he’s African American. If I were African American, I wouldn’t like him very much. I will do more for the African American people than Barack Obama has ever done. I will do more in one year. I will do more for the African American people in one year than Barack Obama has done in his seven years, soon to be eight years — and then, by the way, he’s out and thank goodness.”
The crowd erupted into applause and cheers.
This isn’t the first time that Donald Trump has called out President Obama on unfounded unemployment banter. It was just this past January that he said the same thing. This time around it seems he brought facts and figures to support the claim, but, simply put, they’re wrong.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the “African-American youth” aged 16-19 years old now host an unemployment rate of 25.2 as of January 2016. This is a 5 point drop from last year’s rate of 30.6 in January 2015.
As a whole, the unemployment rate of Black-Americans has dropped from 10.4 percent to 8.8 as of January 2016.
While that number may not seem like much in comparison to the white unemployment rate of 4.3 percent, it’s crucial to understand that whites are the majority race. The numbers are proportionally different, and any true comparison should be made by looking at progress, and not solely relying on numbers.