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03 February, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Samuel Sharp
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When Trump summarized the successes of his first year in office, he emphasized how the prosperity of his first twelve months impacted the lives and hopes of ordinary Americans, wage laborers and others whom the eight years of the Obama presidency had left behind.

On Friday morning, another complicating factor: The unemployment rate for black Americans jumped in January, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

"Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low", Trump said in his State of the Union address.

In tweets, the State of the Union, and at the World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, he bragged that the black unemployment rate in the U.S. is the "lowest ever recorded".

Asked about that statement, Richmond said, "What he doesn't talk about is the fact that black unemployment is twice that of white unemployment".

After rapper Jay-Z called out the president's for dismissing African countries as "shitholes", Trump took to Twitter to patronize and scold the musician. "Black unemployment fell fairly consistently from 2010 on, as did the rates for whites and Hispanics", wrote.


Trump, in an effort to counterbalance wholly justified charges of racism, has declared himself vindicated by December's black unemployment numbers.

"President Trump's racist rhetoric makes the country less safe for people of color by encouraging, emboldening and pandering to those who wish to do harm to others based on the color of their skin", Richmond said. "Money doesn't equate to happiness". The Democratic Women's Working Group also organized a demonstration encouraging those who will attend to wear black in solidarity with the Time's Up movement.

"You replace "immigrant" with 'Black person, ' and you're talking 1950s rhetoric", Perry said.

Richmond continued: "African Americans have a lot to lose under the Trump Administration and we have lost a lot already, especially when it comes to his justice, voting rights, education, housing, and healthcare policies". Most of the gains of 2017 were seemingly erased last month.

After the speech, President Trump was congratulated by Republicans on the floor of the House.

Just under two-thirds of the 48-member CBC has backed impeachment, including Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the third-ranking House Democrat, who protested with other anti-Trump lawmakers at the State of the Union event on Tuesday by wearing African shawls, the Hill reported. It was reduced by one point under Trump. He responded, "To tell you the truth, probably nothing-probably nothing, just like Donald Trump has done nothing".

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