CNN commentator Keith Boykin demanded President Donald Trump apologize to former President Barack Obama, after guest Carrie Sheffield suggested Trump’s policies have benefited the black community on “At This Hour” Monday.
“I do think it is also important to look again at the polices and see how the lives of African-Americans have been improved,” Sheffield said.
“I know when Nancy Pelosi said a thousand dollars, given to people, because of the tax reform bill, she said that was, you know, crumbs. She said it was crumbs. But a thousand dollars for working families, working at Walmart, That’s a lot of money,” she continued.
Boykin jumped in and called Sheffield’s claims “nonsense” before crediting Obama with single-handedly lowering the black unemployment rate.
“This is ridiculous. The unemployment rate for African-Americans was cut in half from 16.8 percent to 7.8 percent under Barack Obama,” Boykin said. “[Trump] inherited the declining unemployment numbers and he took credit for what President Obama did. That’s disgusting, abhorrent and the president should apologize to president Obama.”
He also called on Trump to apologize for suggesting Obama may not have been born in the United States.
“Not only for the lies, about the birth certificate, but about the lies about the African-american community he continues to spread,” Boykin added.
Sheffield said Trump was referring to the labor force participation rate, not unemployment, and claimed it had been down across the board during Obama’s tenure.
“Labor force participation rate is up for African-Americans and that was the criticism that Trump leveled, was that labor force participation among African-American and all Americans under Obama’s term, have been declining,” Sheffield replied. “And that’s a fact. You can go to the bank with that.”
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