This morning, the President of the United States took to Twitter to chastise African-American and Hispanic voters for traditionally voting Democratic.
In a truly breathtaking show of selfish bravado, Donald Trump took credit for the low unemployment rate he had been gifted by our nation’s first African-American president and used it to berate people of color for not supporting him hard enough.
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
The telling “@foxandfriends” makes it clear that in typical FOX News grandpa-style, the President just got riled up by smug white folks telling him about how ungrateful people of color are, prompting him to immediately complain about it online.
Funnily enough, the President’s tweet did not mention the fact that just this morning, it was announced that 200,000 people from El Salvador who have lived, worked, and paid taxes in the United States for years under a temporary protected status program would soon be forced to uproot their lives and return to their home nations – just as the Trump administration did to 45,000 Haitians a few weeks ago.
Nor did the President mention his ending of the DACA program, setting the wheels into motion to deport nearly a million children who have spent their entire lives in the United States but have the misfortune to be born to undocumented parents.
So judging by his exclusionary and discriminatory approach to immigration issues, it’s clear to see why African-Americans and Hispanics don’t feel inclined to support a party that in the last election cycle decided to entirely dispense with the veneer of civility and embrace open-throated racism.
This article was published on washingtonpress.com