The controversial 2016 Republican presidential candidate said that if he “were African American, I would be so angry at [President Obama].”
Business mogul Donald Trump pitched himself as “a unifier” during a rally in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Friday, saying that he will do more for African Americans than the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, the Washington Post reports.
“You know, Barack Obama, African American. If I were African American, I would be so angry at him,” Trump told his crowd of supporters, according to the Post. “African-American youth has an almost 60 percent unemployment rate. African-American people that are 25—prime-time age—25 to 40 have such a high unemployment rate, you wouldn’t believe.”
One woman in the audience shouted “Amen!” to that claim.
“It’s gone up, and it’s gotten worse since he’s been president,” Trump added to more applause and cheers. “Now, he’s African American. If I were African American, I wouldn’t like him very much. I will do more for the African-American people than Barack Obama has ever done. I will do more in one year. 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.”
The Post reports that the crowd that came out to see Trump Friday—some 5,200—was overwhelmingly white.
However, ahead of the presidential hopeful’s arrival, the Rev. Mark Burns, a black pastor based out of South Carolina, fired up the crowd, defending Trump.
“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.”
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