CNN host Jake Tapper pounded the president on comments he made about the black community only to be refuted by analyst Van Jones, who actually said Trump "doesn't get enough credit" for the "good things he does has done ".
The exchange reveals a gulf between the media coverage of Trump's achievements for the black community and how people in those communities actually feel about his efforts.
Tapper began with one exception of comments made during the recent presidential debate in which Trump said he had "done more for the black community" than any other president with the "possible exception of Abraham Lincoln."
The president also declared himself to be the "least racist" person in the room.
"Eight out of ten black Americans believe Trump is a racist, according to a Washington Post / Ipsos poll earlier this year," said Tapper, failing to acknowledge the role of the media and his own network in promoting the myth.
"Why is the President making such comments instead of acknowledging that he has said things that seem insensitive, but wants to work on them?" he went on.
Why? Because actions speak louder than words, Jake. You're so excited about "insensitive" words taken out of context that you can't see the successes.
"Nobody has done more for the black community than Donald Trump, and if you look, with the exception of – possible exception – Abraham Lincoln, nobody did what I did." # Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/p3iu3iRIZa
– ITV News (@itvnews) October 23, 2020
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Van Jones defends Trump after Tapper's attack
Tapper probably didn't see Van Jones, a prominent black analyst for the same network, come in for the president's defense.
But that's exactly what happened.
"I think it's really unfortunate because Donald Trump and I get beaten up by liberals every time I say it, but I keep saying it, he's done good things for the black community," Jones replied.
"Opportunity Zone stuff, Black College stuff, I've worked with him on criminal stuff, I've seen Donald Trump hug and treat African-Americans officially imprisoned in the White House," he continued.
"Donald Trump has a side that I don't think he's getting enough credit for."
Van Jones: President @realDonaldTrump "did a good job on Criminal Justice, Opportunity Zones and Black Colleges" https://t.co/AGgMAzBP0n pic.twitter.com/N9VQgOZBY5
– RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 23, 2020
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He's right, Tapper is wrong
President Trump listed his numerous achievements for the black community during the same debate, which Tapper ignored when attempting to argue against the Lincoln Settlement.
"Criminal justice reform, prison reform, opportunity zones with Tim Scott, a great senator from South Carolina," Trump said.
“He came up with this amazing idea for Opportunity Zones. It is one of the most successful programs. People don't talk about it, ”complained the President.
Tapper dutifully proves he's right. A real journalist would have pointed out both sides of the argument. Tapper is not a real journalist.
President @realDonaldTrump in #Wisconsin lists his accomplishments for black Americans: We ran criminal justice reform, did opportunity zones, and I funded HBCUs with more money than they even looked for pic.twitter.com/6SsiEUtOBH
– Team Trump (Text VOTE on 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 18, 2020
It's worth noting that Scott, whom Trump mentioned, predicted the president will "increase his African American support by 50 percent" on election day.
. @ SenatorTimScott to Neil: President Trump will increase his African American support by 50%, from 8% in 2016 to at least 12% in 2020 pic.twitter.com/a0eCJI70wo
– Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) February 20, 2020
CBS reporter Major Garrett announced just before the new year that even Barack Obama would be jealous of President Trump's record with minorities.
"This is a legacy on the agenda that almost every president wants to maintain after three years, especially President Obama," said Garrett.
Major Garrett of CBS News: President @realDonaldTrump has the political legacy of helping minority communities that "every president wants to … claim" pic.twitter.com/H4G3JQbJpM
– Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 29, 2019
Meanwhile, President Trump's approval rating among likely black voters has nearly doubled … in a week.
Data points for morning readers:
National Daily Black Likely Voter Job Approval for @POTUS – 19.-23. October 2020
Mon 19.10. – 25%
Tue 10/20 – 24%
Wed Oct 21 – 31%
Thursday 10/22 – 37%
Fri 23.10. – 46%
– Rasmussen reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 23, 2020
Charlamagne Tha God, a popular African American radio host, recently had thoughts about why young black voters are opening up to President Trump.
"I think because Trump is talking to young black male voters, he's targeting them," he told CNN's Don Lemon. "They are a group that is never courted."
Charlamagne went on to say that the "old democratic regime" is talking to "older black men" and they think everyone else will be in line.
"You talk to older black men and you think the rest of us all speak the same language."
Charlamagne Tha God says to Don Lemon: "Trump is actually speaking to young black male voters, he is pointing ads at them. They are a group that is never courted." Pic.twitter.com/w1Xpi7Za8R
– Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) October 21, 2020
However, it wasn't all praise for President Trump from Van Jones for accusing him of sending mixed messages to white nationalists.
"The black community may appreciate some of the things he's done, but when they see him playing footsie with these white nationalist organizations on Twitter, it'll all be wiped out," Jones claimed.