President Trump, fresh off announcing his choice for a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, convened a meeting of conservative Black supporters at the White House for a Black History Month listening program, but there seemed to be little talk of history and a lot of talk about him.
The president acknowledged the historical contributions of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, but also found a way to once again deride CNN as “fake news,” and claimed that he did better in the 2016 election among African-Americans than previous candidates.
Trump captured 8 percent of the Black vote in November (Hillary Clinton won 88 percent), doing better than Mitt Romney’s 6 percent in 2012 and John McCain’s 4 percent in 2008, but not as well as George W. Bush’s 11 percent in 2004.
But on the first day of Black History Month, Trump somehow neglected to mention that his predecessor was not only the first African-American president, but did wildly better among Blacks than any candidate in recent memory with 93 percent in 2012 and 95 percent in 2008.
At any rate, the listening session continued with Trump’s promises to address inner city issues, which remained unspecific, but will apparently focus on his Housing and Urban Development choice Dr. Ben Carson, who was also at the event and appeared at his side with Omarosa Manigault, his White House public engagement surrogate.
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