Categories for African Americans

27,170. 8/3/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Pastor Scott, a great guy – and tough! https://t.co/tu0u3AxQqp

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 3:49 pm

27,169. 8/3/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @PastorDScott: Contrary to what the Left’s ‘Know Nothing Blacks’ are saying (Tamar Braxton in particular) The President was involved in…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 3:44 pm

27,168. 8/3/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/JOBS/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @cvpayne: While the media is fixated on tweets and fear mongering here’s are some employment stats for Black American in July. 284,000 r…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 3, 2019 3:43 pm

27,121. 8/1/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/ELECTION/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, the only black Republican in the House, won’t seek reelection in 2020, he announced on Thursday [8-1-19]…Hurd, a former CIA officer who was first elected in 2014, has been an advocate for bipartisan compromise on immigration and other key issues in Congress. And he has spoken out numerous times against President Donald Trump, often warning that the president’s rhetoric and positions were hurting the Republican Party. Hurd represents a sprawling West Texas battleground district that includes one-third of the U.S. border with Mexico and has flipped between Democrats and Republicans several times in the past two decades. But Hurd won two close races for reelection after winning the seat, beating Democratic opponents by 1.3 points in 2016 — even as Trump lost the district — and by less than half a percentage point in 2018, when he survived the Democratic wave that flipped the House.”

Scott Bland, “Will Hurd, only black Republican in House, won’t seek reelection,” Politico, August 1, 2019 8:49 pm

27,006. 7/29/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump widened his war on critics of color on Monday [7-29-19] with new attacks on the Rev. Al Sharpton and other political opponents even as he gathered his own African-American allies at the White House to defend him against charges of racism. In a third straight day of broadsides against black figures, Mr. Trump denounced Mr. Sharpton on Twitter as ‘a con man’ who ‘Hates Whites & Cops’ and again assailed Representative Elijah E. Cummings and his Baltimore-based district, drawing rebukes from Maryland Republicans as well as Democrats. Mr. Trump’s determination to intensify the furor rather than move on guaranteed that it would continue to dominate the political debate in Washington and force many of the president’s fellow Republicans to choose whether to stand by him, break with him or, in the case of most, find a way to keep out of the discussion. The president linked the clash with Mr. Cummings to his earlier demand that four Democratic congresswomen of color ‘go back’ to their home countries, and he cast it in electoral terms.”

Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Widens War on Black Critics While Embracing ‘Inner City Pastors’,” The New York Times online, July 29, 2019

27,003. 7/29/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Al Sharpton would always ask me to go to his events. He would say, ‘it’s a personal favor to me.’ Seldom, but sometimes, I would go. It was fine. He came to my office in T.T. during the presidential campaign to apologize for the way he was talking about me. Just a conman at work!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 29, 2019 6:26 am

27,000. 7/29/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He ‘loved Trump!’ He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops! https://t.co/ZwPZa0FWfN

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 29, 2019 5:30 am

26,990. 7/28/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/JOBS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Under the Trump Administration, African American unemployment is the lowest (best) in the history of the United States. No President has come close to doing this before! I also created successful Opportunity Zones. Waiting for Nancy and Elijah to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. President!’”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 28, 2019 2:34 pm

26,966. 7/27/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.’ He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district! Take a look…. #BlacksForTrump2020 https://t.co/seNVESZUht

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 27, 2019 4:35 pm

26,850. 7/24/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/DEMS/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As ‘Robert Mueller Wednesday’ overtook Washington, with the nation transfixed on the congressional testimony of the special counsel who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election, Democratic presidential hopefuls laid out a different case: that President Trump is a bigot who unduly harms black communities. One by one, at the national convention of the N.A.A.C.P., the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization, the Democratic candidates chose not to discuss Mr. Mueller’s testimony in detail and instead outlined their respective plans to uplift black people. When they did mention Mr. Trump, it was often in the context of his remarks about racial minorities, and his tendency to evoke stereotypes steeped in racist history to degrade his political opponents…Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has made outreach to black voters, a critical voting bloc in the Democratic primary, a hallmark of her ascendant candidacy.”

Astead W. Herndon, “At N.A.A.C.P. Forum, 2020 Democrats Say Trump Harms Black Communities,” The New York Times online, July 24, 2019

26,688. 7/18/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP BUSINESS: “In October of 1973, the federal government charged the Trump Management Corporation with discrimination against African Americans seeking apartments in the 39 buildings the firm operated, most of them in Brooklyn and Queens. A short time out of Wharton, the company’s then president, Donald J. Trump, quickly denied the charges as ‘absolutely ridiculous.’ Between 1970 and 1980, New York City experienced its most significant population decline since the 1780s, but while population fell overall, the number of minorities living in the city grew. This was especially true in Brooklyn; in 1970 blacks made up a quarter of the population and by 1980 they made up nearly a third. For some white families who didn’t flee the city, a sense that the territory they occupied was theirs and theirs alone bred a siege mentality…It is this place that the president comes from essentially — a time, a part of the world and a mind-set in which access to certain kinds of power, comfort and rights of assertion was not to be universally shared.”

Ginia Bellafante, “The N.Y.C. Roots of Trump and ‘Go Back Where You Came From’,” The New York Times online, July 18, 2019

26,082. 6/26/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CRIME/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Ever since the passage of the Super Predator Crime Bill, pushed hard by @JoeBiden, together with Bill and Crooked Hillary Clinton, which inflicted great pain on many, but especially the African American Community, Democrats have tried and failed to pass Criminal Justice Reform..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 26, 2019 6:46 pm

25,852. 6/18/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CRIME/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Tuesday [6-18-19] that he would not apologize for his harsh comments in 1989 about the Central Park Five, the five black and Latino men who as teenagers were wrongly convicted of the brutal rape of a jogger in New York City. Mr. Trump was asked about newspaper advertisements he bought back then calling for New York State to adopt the death penalty after the attack. (The ads never explicitly called for the death penalty for the five defendants.) ‘You have people on both sides of that,’ he said at the White House. ‘They admitted their guilt’…Mr. Trump’s remarks about the Central Park Five were strikingly similar to comments he made in reaction to the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. A woman was killed after a driver slammed his vehicle into counterprotesters. At the time, the president said, ‘There was blame on both sides.’ In 1989, Mr. Trump placed full-page advertisements in four New York City newspapers, including The New York Times, calling for the state to adopt the death penalty for killers. He made clear that he was voicing this opinion because of the rape and assault of Trisha Meili, a woman who had been jogging in Central Park.”

Jan Ransom, “Trump Will Not Apologize for Calling for Death Penalty Over Central Park Five,” The New York Times online, June 18, 2019

25,705. 6/13/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CELEBS/CRIME/LABOR/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Thursday [6-13-19] took another turn advertising his administration’s work on criminal justice, one of the only bipartisan achievements he can campaign on and an issue he hopes will win over at least some African-American and centrist white voters. Mr. Trump praised the First Step Act, as the law is known, as one of his major accomplishments. It was the third time he has commemorated it at the White House, where he also announced new government initiatives intended to encourage businesses to hire former inmates. He said that the Bureau of Prisons would work with employers to have jobs lined up for inmates upon their release, and that the Labor Department was awarding $2 million to states to support fidelity bonds, which help underwrite companies that hire former prisoners. The president singled out Kim Kardashian West, the reality television star who has become a high-profile advocate for reducing criminal sentences, who sat in the audience sandwiched between his daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for pushing the administration to tackle the subject.”

Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman, “The Subject at the White House Was Criminal Justice.The Subtext Was the Election.,” The New York Times online, June 13, 2019

25,565. 6/9/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/DEMS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @RealCandaceO: Black America has been destroyed by liberal policies, a liberal media and a liberal stranglehold on culture. Democrats…”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 9, 2019 6:26 pm

25,374. 5/30/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Moments after the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, wrapped up his appearance at the Justice Department on Wednesday [5-29-19], Representative Dwight Evans stepped out of his district office in a black working-class neighborhood here to visit with local business owners. They had one question on their minds: Why is President Trump still in office? Mr. Evans, a Democrat who began calling for Mr. Trump to be impeached long before Mr. Mueller issued his report, was not surprised: ‘The issue that I hear constantly here is, ‘We sent you for one reason only: to get rid of the president, right? Why haven’t you gotten rid of him yet?’’ In cities around the country, black Democrats like Mr. Evans — and other House members who represent majority-black districts — are hearing much the same from their African-American constituents, as well as from white liberals who have moved into the nation’s urban core.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Black Voters Challenge House Members: Why Is Trump Still in Office?,” The New York Times online, May 30, 2019

25,312. 5/27/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CRIME/ELECTION/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected. In particular, African Americans will not be able to vote for you. I, on the other hand, was responsible for Criminal Justice Reform, which had tremendous support, & helped fix the bad 1994 Bill!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 27, 2019 5:35 pm

25,310. 5/27/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/CRIME/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Anyone associated with the 1994 Crime Bill will not have a chance of being elected. In particular, African Americans will not be ble to vote for you. I, on the other hand, was responsible for Criminal Justice Reform, which had tremendous support, and helped fix the bad 1994 Bill!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 27, 2019 4:08 pm

22,787. 2/21/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/MELANIA: “RT @FLOTUS: Wonderful evening at @WhiteHouse celebrating #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth! https://t.co/ZBJop8kxTY

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 21, 2019 9:30 pm

22,774. 2/21/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “We are here to honor the extraordinary contributions of African-Americans to every aspect of American Life, History and Culture. From the earliest days of this Nation, African-American Leaders, Pioneers, & Visionaries have uplifted & inspired our Country…https://t.co/VuFLkfd12j

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 21, 2019 7:27 pm

22,547. 2/10/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 10, 2019 9:53 am

22,349. 2/1/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “National African American History Month is an occasion to rediscover the enduring stories of African Americans and the gifts of freedom, purpose, and opportunity they have bestowed on future generations…https://t.co/n9kf58NruZ

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February 1, 2019 3:07 pm

21,388. 12/19/2018

2016 ELECTION/AFRICAN AMERICANS/CYBERWAR/RUSSIA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When Vladimir Putin focused on black voter depression and sowing racial divisions in the 2016 election to help propel Donald Trump into the White House, he engaged in what is, unfortunately, a longstanding and time-tested American practice. Two reports commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee found that a Russian disinformation campaign interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump by exploiting all major social media platforms and sowing racial and political divisions. Specifically, the Russian influence campaign on social media targeted African-American voters to depress Democratic turnout. The first report, produced by Austin, Texas-based cybersecurity company New Knowledge, found that Russian interference in the 2016 election involved hacking attempts on online voting systems, a cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee, and a ‘sweeping and sustained social influence operation consisting of various coordinated disinformation tactics aimed directly at US citizens, designed to exert political influence and exacerbate social divisions in US culture.’ The disinformation operation was the work of the Russian state-supported Internet Research Agency (IRA), whose work included 10 million tweets, 116,000 Instagram posts, 61,000 Facebook posts and 1,000 videos.”

David A. Love, “Russia’s targeting of black voters is a very American thing to do,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 19, 2018 8:37 pm

20,477. 11/14/2018

AFRICAN AMERICANS/HOUSE OF REPS/PRISONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump threw his support behind a substantial revision of the nation’s prison and sentencing laws on Wednesday [11-14-18], opening a potential path to enacting the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in a generation. The tentative legislative package, developed by a bipartisan group of senators and called the First Step Act, builds on a prison overhaul bill already passed overwhelmingly by the House by adding changes that would begin to unwind some of the tough-on-crime federal policies of the 1980s and 1990s that incarcerated African-American offenders at much higher rates than white offenders. Combining new funding for anti-recidivism programs, the expansion of early-release credits for prisoners and the reduction of certain mandatory minimum sentences, the compromise bill would help shape the experiences of tens of thousands of current inmates and future offenders.”

Nicholas Fandos and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Embraces a Path to Revise U.S. Sentencing and Prison Laws,” The New York Times online, November 14, 2018

20,475. 11/14/2018

AFRICAN AMERICANS/JARED KUSHNER/PRISONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [11-14-18] backed a criminal justice reform plan being pushed by one of his top advisers, son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ‘First Step Act,’ developed by Kushner and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, is designed to improve rehabilitation programs for former prisoners and give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders for nonviolent crime, particularly drug offenders. Trump said the legislation would ‘make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time.’ Proponents have sought changes for years, arguing that mandatory sentencing, including for repeat offenders, has led to excessively long imprisonment for relatively minor crimes. And they note those sentences tend to disproportionately fall on African-Americans. Supporters said they hoped the president’s support could speed the legislation’s approval, possibly before the new Congress is seated in January. Others were skeptical lawmakers would move that fast.”

David Jackson,Deborah Barfield Berry and John Fritze, “Trump embraces bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation,” USA Today, November 14, 2018 6:46 pm