In another tone-deaf attempt to court black voters, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump disregarded the litany of atrocities committed against African-American communities and declared this is the worst shape they have ever been in.
“We're going to make our country wealthy again,” the racist billionaire told a largely white crowd on Tuesday. “We're going to make our country safe again. We're going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they've ever been in before, ever, ever, ever.”
“You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street,” Trump continued. “They're worse, I mean honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities.”
If the Trump campaign is still wondering why the White House hopeful does not resonate well with black Americans, they should perhaps try reading up on the centuries of historical injustices this community has endured — including slavery, lynching, segregation and Jim Crow laws.
It is also pertinent to mention that the GOP candidate conveniently forgot to mention the recent police shooting of an unarmed African-American man, Terence Crutcher, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Twitter was quick to respond to Trump’s latest approach to the African-American voters:
That's right. Let's be clear. Trump is saying that African-Americans were better off under Jim Crow. And I guess slavery? He's a numbskull. https://t.co/FtDADxSbhO— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) September 21, 2016
Because slavery and Jim Crow were such a lark, I guess https://t.co/wcQ0l8zNc2— Pema Levy (@pemalevy) September 20, 2016
I wonder why he's not resonating with African American voters... https://t.co/K1AK3aCYyn— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) September 20, 2016
Trump: "Our African American communities are in the worst shape they've ever been... Ever. Ever. Ever." pic.twitter.com/HAExP39Xhy— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) September 20, 2016
Trump still at it now African Americans are worse off now than ever. Does that include Slavery? Lynching? Segregation? No voting rights?— Babbie (@BSCWatson) September 21, 2016
Trump: "Our African American communities are absolutely in the worse shape they've ever been in before. Ever. Ever. Ever.”— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) September 20, 2016
Fact check: used to be enslaved, then lacked basic civil rights for 100 years. https://t.co/qLkNcd1GwH— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 20, 2016
Donald Trump just said "African-American communities" are doing worse than “ever ever ever.” QUIZ who can think of some worse times— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 20, 2016