And Donald Trump wonders why he’s having a hard time attracting black voters.
During a speech on Tuesday in North Carolina, the GOP nominee went on a tangent about the conditions of black communities. Parroting previous comments he’s made about the inner cities and his belief that all African-Americans live in squalor, the Republican standard-bearer made the following remarks:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 20, 2016
“We’re gonna 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.”
Yup. Under President Obama, black people have had it far worse than when they were dealing with lawful segregation and discrimination, like during Jim Crow. Or, y’know, when they were enslaved for hundreds of years. (Also, notice the plantation owner-ish language he uses here — “OUR African-Americans.” As if he’s the benevolent slave owner.)
As one would expect, there was quite a reaction to those remarks on Twitter:
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
Why, it’s almost as if African Americans aren’t the real target of Trump’s “outreach.” https://t.co/vdqzsD2X6k
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) September 20, 2016
“Our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before.” – Trump. Slavery? Jim Crow? Nah
— Wolf Hudson (@WolfHudsonIsBad) September 20, 2016
— Civil Rights (@civilrightsorg) September 20, 2016
Trump is saying this in a region of slavery. One that had two bathrooms, two drinking fountains. Where blacks couldn’t eat with whites. https://t.co/e36JaLus0J
— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 20, 2016
Keep up with the black outreach, Oh Glorious Birther King. I’m sure there’s one or two African-Americans you haven’t repulsed yet.