WASHINGTON – President Trump has repeatedly bragged about what he has done for Black America, citing his administration’s funding for black colleges and universities, the creation of so-called opportunity zones, and criminal justice reform.
But on Monday, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, played a racist stereotype, questioning whether black Americans “want to be successful,” despite what he said Trump did for them.
“One thing we’ve seen in much of the black community, which is mostly a Democrat, is that President Trump̵
In an interview, Mr Kouchner said that since the May murder of George Floyd, a black man, in police custody – an event that sparked global protests over systemic racism and which Mr Kouchner described as “the situation with George Floyd” – many people were more concerned with what he calls “virtuous signaling” than with inventing “solutions.”
“They would go on Instagram and cry, or put a slogan on their shirts or write something on a basketball court,” he said, an obvious reference to NBA players like LeBron James who joined national protests over the issue of police brutality. “And frankly, it did more to polarize the country than to move people forward,” he said. “You solve problems with solutions.”
In line with the 2020 Elections
Mr Kouchner’s remarks elicited a sharp response from Representative Gwen Moore, a black Democrat from Wisconsin. She tweeted: “The baby servant of the Kushner Trust Fund, who got rich at WH, takes the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to put his foot in a racist trop for blacks and success.”
The Democratic National Committee was just as harsh.
“According to the Trump administration, when African Americans find shortcomings in policies that have led to historic unemployment for black families, an explosion of racial inequality and wealth gaps, and an unbridled global pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 45,000 black Americans, that we just don’t want to be bad enough, “said Brandon Gassaway, the commission’s national spokesman. “This contemptuous approach to the concerns of black voters is indicative of the insensitivity and neglect of black life.”
Kaylee McEnney, a White House spokesman, defended Mr Kushner, saying his remarks were out of context. She accused unnamed “internet trolls” of trying to “distract attention from President Trump’s indisputable results on the achievements of the black community.”
Mr. Trump’s frequent mentions of what he claims to have done for Black America are often accompanied by one of the most blatantly false claims he has made since moving to the White House: that he has done more for black Americans than any president with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln.
In his debate Thursday night, his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., mocked the president’s statement. “Here, Abraham Lincoln is one of the most racist presidents we have ever had in modern history,” he said, looking at Mr Trump. “He is refueling every single racist fire. Each one. “
And Mr. Trump is exaggerating his success.
“The idea that Trump has done something huge or different when it comes to HBCU goes against the logic,” said Leah Wright Rigur, a public policy professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School, citing historic black colleges and universities. “It’s practically identical to what every president has done since Ronald Reagan. The executive order they issued in 2017 used exactly the same language that Barack Obama used. “
Mr Trump has been praised for signing a criminal justice review bill, with the proviso that a bipartisan coalition of players, including the Koch billionaire brothers, who backed the move, was stable before Mr Trump became interested in the issue.
And tax breaks for opportunity zones, quoted by Mr Trump, have stimulated relatively little job creation while disproportionately helping high-profit real estate projects, according to a study by the Urban Institute published this summer.
A recent CBS News survey found that 85 percent of registered black voters believe that as president, Mr. Trump “favors white people.” About 79 percent of those voters said he was “working” against blacks.
But Mr Kushner said in an interview that he had heard from state directors of Trump’s campaigns across the country about “support for the black community because they realize that all the different bad things the media and Democrats have said about President Trump do not are true. “
Campaign top officials said their goal was to win at least 10 percent of black voters in November and that increasing the president’s support among black voters by just two percentage points could affect the election. In 2016, Mr. Trump won only 8 percent of black voters.