Over the course of his journey to the White House, Donald Trump has set a lot of records – all for the wrong reasons, of course.
After all, there has not been an American president before who spewed so much hate against so many groups while campaigning, called himself a “smart person” for skipping intelligence briefings, has multiple sexual allegations levied against him and nearly 75 lawsuits pending in court, and (… the list is pretty long and ever-growing, actually.)
Most recently, however, the media mogul became, perhaps, the first president-elect to thank a minority for not coming out to vote on Election Day.
At his “Thank You Tour” rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Trump appeared to attribute his win to African-American voters who didn’t come out to vote.
“We did great with the African-American community, so good,” he said. “Remember the famous line, cause I’d talk about crime, I’d talk about lack of education and I’d talk about no jobs. And I’d say ‘What the hell do you have to lose, right?’ It’s true.” (FYI, the “famous line” that Trump referred to was, in fact, an offensive stereotype that he used to court black voters in August.)
“And they’re smart and they picked up on it like you don’t believe, and you know what else, they didn’t come out to vote for Hillary, they didn’t come out. And that was the big… so thank you to the African-American community,” he added.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the crowd, mostly white, cheered statement. (You can watch it around the 1:33 mark in the video above.)
While it’s true that Clinton did not receive almost two million black votes cast for Obama in 2012, some 88% of African-American voters supported Clinton, versus 8% for Trump.
That said, regardless of the voting statistics, it was deeply unsettling to watch and listen a president-elect expressing his happiness over people not coming out to vote.
But then again, it’s Donald Trump and delivering deeply unsettling statements is his forte.