By Nigel Boys
While Barack Obama may have been the first Black president of the United States, he hasn’t done much for African-Americans, said Republican front-runner Donald Trump at a recent event, adding that if he was one himself, he would be extremely angry.
The billionaire tycoon and business mogul, turned presidential hopeful, was speaking at a rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Friday, the Washington Post reported. He added that should he become the next Commander-in-Chief, he would become much more of “a unifier” for the African-American people than Obama has ever been.
“You know, Barack Obama, African American. If I were African American, I would be so angry at him,” Trump told a crowd of around 5,200 of supporters, according to the Post. “African-American youth has an almost 60 percent unemployment rate,” he added.
“African-American people that are 25—prime-time age—25 to 40 have such a high unemployment rate, you wouldn’t believe,” the presidential hopeful added to the shout of one woman’s voice screaming “Amen.”
Trump further stated to rapturous applause and cheers from the crowd that since Obama became president, the unemployment rate for Black youths has only gotten worse. “Now, he’s African American. If I were African American, I wouldn’t like him very much,” he added.
The Post noted that the unemployment rate for African-American men aged 20 and over is 8.4 percent and for African-Americans of both se*es aged 16 to 19-years-old, is 25.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“I will do more for the African-American people than Barack Obama has ever done. I will do more in one year,” the business mogul continued. “I will do more for the African-American people in one year than Barack Obama has done in his seven years, soon to be eight years—and then, by the way, he’s out, and thank goodness,” he added.
As the Republican hopeful continued to criticize President Obama for not doing enough for the people who helped vote him into office, namely African-Americans, the Post noted that his largely white audience had been previously fired up beforehand.
Prior to the South Carolina Republican primary this Saturday, which Trump hopes and claims he will win with a huge majority, he pledged that he will continue to win the votes of minorities who want him to protect their jobs and boost the economy, both nationally and in S.C. However, he was given a little boost before he spoke in the form of a passionate defense of his immigration policies from Mark Burns, a black pastor based in South Carolina, who produces a gospel television show, the Post reported.
“We will never, ever, ever allow Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton to ever step foot in the White House,” Burns said as the crowd booed in response to the mention of the two Democratic candidates, the Post reports. “Because I know you’re going to make sure we elected a man who believes in the name of Jesus Christ,” he added.
Just before Trump appeared on stage, in his usual form of recent times, he had two Black sisters from North Carolina singing his praises.
“We are African American women, and Al Sharpton does not speak for us,” said Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway, who was accompanied by Rochelle “Silk” Richardson. She added that they would never listen to Sharpton, the civil rights activist and Baptist minister, turned television pundit of late and they would be voting for Trump.
Even if they are Democrats, they should “get out and vote” in the Republican primary on Saturday, Hardaway said, pumping up the crowd. “Are you all on the Trump train?” she asked as the crowd roared with applause.
“I don’t hear you! Are you on the Trump train? Hardaway continued as the crowd cheered louder. “Then get out and vote! All board! All board! All right! Choo, choo!” she added.
Trump is definitely out to get the votes of the African-American voters in South Carolina, especially since over 25 percent of residents fall within that group. While the majority of the Black population of the state has voted Democrat in the past, the Republicans have in recent years started wooing them for their vote, according to the Post.