Trump: Blacks Don't Have Health Care, Education (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced on Aug. 20 that black people in America have "no health care, no education, no anything," and said young people's lives are a "total catastrophe" (video below).

Trump made his comments during an interview on Fox News with host Jeanine Pirro while explaining his controversial campaign pitch to African-American voters in Dimondale, Michigan, from Aug. 19:

I really was reading the statistics where you have 40 percent that are living in poverty, 58 percent of the students, I mean, the young people, that can't get jobs. It's just like a total catastrophe, the unemployment rates.

Everything is bad: No health care, no education, no anything, no anything. And poverty is unbelievable. And then I said, "Hey wait a minute, vote for me. What do you have to lose? I can't do worse, you can't do any worse than what these people have been doing and I will do better."

And I actually said, "If you vote for me the next time, in four years, I'll get 95 percent of your vote, because you're gonna to see such a big improvement."

Trump's assertion that black people have no health care or education is obviously not true.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the poverty rate among African-Americans is 27.4 percent, with income inequality being the "greatest cause of higher poverty rates."

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate for African-Americans in July was 8.9 percent, down from 9.7 in July 2015.

Trump did not mention that Republicans have blocked President Barack Obama's jobs bills and attempt to extend unemployment benefits.

After he promoted negative stereotypes about black people, Trump accused President Obama of dividing the country:

Well, I'd get jobs. You know, you need jobs, I'd also create spirit. We have a president who is absolutely a divider. I call him the great divider and there is so little spirit and there is such great division and we need a cheerleader. I thought he was going to be a cheerleader. He's not a cheerleader.

Trump falsely claimed that President Obama "doesn't know what's happening down in Louisiana" with the flooding, and pointed out that he went to Louisiana.

State officials asked politicians not to visit Louisiana because of limited resources due to flood relief; advice that Trump ignored on Aug. 19 and did so anyway.

Sources: Fox News via YouTube, Economic Policy Institute, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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