CNN’s Don Lemon has a message for black voters: Your unemployment rate is at a record low, but don’t vote for Trump, he ‘spits in face’
Don Lemon does not want fellow blacks in his audience to vote for Donald Trump even if it is good for them. Don and his CNN guest downplayed August’s headline-grabbing 5.5% black unemployment in favor of highlighting the President’s “racist behavior.” And of course, black prosperity was all because of Obama.
Panelist Keith Boykin on Barack:
“It started going down though in the Obama administration. It was 16.8 percent in March of 2010. And it dropped to 7.8 percent; a 54 percent reduction under President Obama. And Trump…while this was happening, denied that it was even happening. He called the numbers ‘fake news;’ until he came into office, and suddenly all the numbers he said were fake were magically real. And so, he took credit for the momentum that…has occurred since that time.
“So we have 8.9 percent in the Obama presidency, and down by 2.5 percent in this presidency. As you said, it is good news. It is a good trend. But it didn’t start under this president, and the numbers actually declined much stronger under the former president.”
Lemon argued that President Obama deserved the credit for the low black unemployment numbers because after reaching 16.8 percent in March 2010, the black unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent by the end of his term; a difference of 8.9 percent. Lemon pointed out that the highest black unemployment rate during President Trump’s term in office was 8 percent while the lowest is 5.5 percent; a difference of only 2.5 percent.
Based on difference alone, it would be impossible for President Trump to meet President Obama’s number because the difference between 8 and 8.9 percent is a negative number. Nonetheless, Lemon stressed that “it is good news, it is a good trend but it didn’t start under this President and the numbers actually declined much stronger under the former President.”
Here’s what Keith believes black people think:
“I think the message is something that does not resonate with black communities and brown communities simply because of the rhetoric that has come out of the White House.”
To what rhetoric was he referring?
Apparently, some Klannish stuff from that guy who spits in the face of non-whites:
“And so, I think I said almost two years ago to the day on this program, that if someone spits in your face and then hands you a napkin, you don’t get to say ‘Thank you.’”
Don seemed to really like that.
Go sour, Lemon:
“As you say, if someone spits in your face and hands you a napkin, how…what is that supposed to…I don’t understand that argument. Does that mean that the only part of your brain, or the only part of our being that matters is money? Rather than how someone treats you and what someone says about you?”
What has Donald Trump said about the black race?
Oh, here it is; Don posed the following question:
“How do black voters in 2020 weight these unemployment numbers against the President’s racist behavior [indecipherable]– Charlottesville, slamming Baltimore, ‘rodent infested,’ and, you know, go on and on?”
Has Baltimore become the black race? Is it racist to criticize that particular city or refer to a rodent infestation? If so, watch Democrats — including the city’s black mayor — do racist things here, here, and here. Strange new definition, though; here’ s the old one: the judging of an individual solely by his or her race. Regardless, the President — it sounds like — has done nothin’ good.
Keith pressed harder, in case you missed it the first time:
“Donald Trump had little to nothing to do with the drop in unemployment for African-Americans. No one can…no one who talks about this in the Republican Party can cite a single policy contributed by Donald Trump that is responsible for the drop in black unemployment. It’s all because of policies that … that started long ago. It wasn’t the tax cut or anything like that. Policies started long ago in the Obama administration when we started to see the drop. And the other thing is that Obama had the good sense not to go out and brag about it every time that there was a drop in unemployment because he knew that it’s still too high compared to the white unemployment rate.”
One prominent member of the African-American community, BET founder Bob Johnson, disagrees with the notion that President Trump deserves no credit for the economy, telling CNBC “I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefitting a large amount of Americans.” He also argued that “the “tax cuts clearly helped stimulate the economy.” It appears that Trump Derangement Syndrome prevents Lemon and his panel from reaching the same conclusion.