Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said President Barack Obama has done nothing for African-Americans and insisted the president doesn’t even care (video below).
During a Dec. 2 campaign rally in Manassas, Virginia, the business mogul was joined on the stage by a handful of African-American pastors who have given him their endorsements, CBS reports.
"What has he done?” Trump asked about Obama, according to CBS. "Your African-American youth -- 51 percent unemployment, right? Your guys our age, they have unemployment that's double and triple what other people have. What the hell has he done for the African-Americans? He's done nothing."
An October report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the unemployment rate of 16- to 19-year-old African-Americans was 25.6 percent.
"I don't think he cares about them,” Trump said. “I think he's done nothing. It's all talk. It's all words with this guy. He's an unbelievable divider.”
Trump’s comments follow a Nov. 30 cancelation of a press conference that was supposed to unveil over 100 African-American pastors giving the candidate their endorsements.
There was an alleged miscommunication between the event’s organizer, Pastor Darrell Scott of Cleveland, and the Trump campaign, which was under the impression that all of the attending pastors were guaranteeing their support, when the vast majority had only agreed to meet with the business mogul.
On Nov. 22, Trump tweeted an infographic that included the glaringly false statistic that 81 percent of “Whites [are] killed by blacks,” The Washington Times reports.
Despite being criticized for promoting false data about African Americans, Trump refused to take the tweet down, saying that he is “probably the least racist person on earth.”
During the Dec. 2 rally in Manassas, Pastor Steve Parson took the stage to praise Trump, Time reports.
“My opinion [is] he’s the best and the only one that can beat Hillary Clinton,” Parson said, according to Time. “We have to win. And one thing about Donald Trump is he’s a winner, Amen … And as a black minister … we’re right in the inner city, and I’ll tell you we need jobs, we need employment, we need businesses. And I tell you: Who better to help us help ourselves than Donald Trump?”