Donald Trump has taken credit for the historically low unemployment rate among black people in America.
Last Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report, where it was revealed that the latest unemployment rate for black people is at 6.8 percent, its lowest recorded level since the 1970s.
African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country. The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a full point in the last year and is close to the lowest in recorded history. Dems did nothing for you but get your vote! #NeverForget @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2018
“African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country,” Trump wrote in a tweet about the report. “The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a full point in the last year and is close to the lowest in recorded history. Dems did nothing for you but get your vote!”
On Wednesday Trump also addressed the report while speaking at the White House.
“Unemployment is at a 17-year low and I’m very proud of this. African-American unemployment reached its lowest level in history. Think of that,” Trump said.
He then recalled his pitch to black voters that he often repeated on the campaign trail.
“Remember I said, and would constantly say, ‘What do you have to lose?’ Meaning what do you have to lose if you vote for Trump. And now, it was just reported African-American unemployment is at its lowest level in history. I’m very proud of that.”
However, Trump is not responsible for the recently released unemployment rate report. Speaking with Mother Jones, Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said Trump has “no business taking credit for any of these developments.”
“If you look at the budget they’ve proposed, they’ve aggressively gone after lower-income people. If you look at their tax plan it was very much targeted at their donor base,” Bernstein said. “…presidents do that. He’s not the first one but he is in many ways the least justified one because he is trying to push an economic agenda that pushes aggressively in the other direction. All he did was inherit a strong economy from Obama, and thus far he hasn’t completely screwed it up.”
Source: Mother Jones