"I've done more for black Americans than anybody with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln"— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 22, 2020
President Trump gave a press conference just hours after announcing he was sending federal law enforcement officers to US cities https://t.co/6FytvGlC0M pic.twitter.com/osSwC8iPkB
Since the record of Trump’s antipathy toward Black Americans goes back decades, many people were skeptical that he was the freedom fighter he was claiming to be.
Trump ended today's presser thusly: "I've done more for black Americans than anybody, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln." Over his 1st term, black unemployment has gone from 7.5% -> 15.4%.— David Swerdlick (@Swerdlick) July 22, 2020
Your periodic reminder that over Obama's 8 years, it went from 12.7% -> 7.5%.
To be honest Trump has united black voters like no other president, but it’s against him.— pastajoe (@pastajoe5) July 22, 2020
Trump refused to rent to Black Americans until the company was sued under the the Fair Housing Act. In retrospect, that might have been the nicest thing he has ever done for people of color.https://t.co/kimZf6JuWJ— Jürgen "jkr" Kraus (@jkr_on_the_web) July 22, 2020
There is only one belief on which Trump has never wavered: white supremacy— NotATweeter16 (@NotATweeter16) July 22, 2020
As a loud & proud racist, he
-refused to rent to Black people
-still stands by his ad-campaign to execute innocent Black men
-stated a judge of Latinx descent cldnt be impartial
He also said he wasn't racist by saying his administration did Justice Reform as if that was an exclusively "black American" issue that he later added.— Charlie Currie (@CharlieCurrie) July 22, 2020
He could not hold more racist beliefs in that little noggin'.
*Possible* exception - one gassed protesters fighting for black people & says they hurt subdivision home value and the other one freed them from slavery. It’s SO hard to decide which did more good. 🤦♀️— Jodi Click (@singoffpitch) July 22, 2020
In terms of "doing more"...@realdonaldtrump has caused the deaths of countless African-Americans by mishandling COVID, so there's that.— Res Judicata 22 (@ResJudicata6) July 22, 2020
Further, *Trump wants to deify Confederate soldiers and their related statues and military bases bearing their names.
Trump thinks he has done more for Black Americans in history than even Abraham Lincoln. That must be why black people are writing BLACK LIVES MATTER in giant letters in front of all of his houses.— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) July 22, 2020
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.