You'll never guess who took credit for the recent news that black unemployment in the U.S. reached its lowest recorded percentage since the statistic was first tracked in 1972. That's right, it was this guy:
The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8%, the lowest rate in 45 years. I am so happy about this News! And, in the Washington Post (of all places), headline states, “Trumps first year jobs numbers were very, very good.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
As he has done for much of his presidency, Donald Trump wasted no time taking credit for an accomplishment that likely has little to do with him. Much of the United States' present economic growth has been attributed to Barack Obama's policies, not Trump's, and the Washington Post published an extensive piece claiming that job growth under the new president has largely lagged behind Obama's pace in five of the last seven years.
The news is an obvious positive, with the Washington Post noting that in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, black unemployment reached as high as 16.8 percent in 2010. Full data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can be seen here.
Predictably, the news sparked a ruckus on Twitter between those who refuted the president's statement and those who bizarrely claimed this news proves something about Trump's personal feelings on race.
Trump is a despicable and sad excuse for a human being. He spent his entire first year on an agenda detrimental to people of color and now wants to boast about African-American unemployment like he’s a friend to the black community! You vile racist bigot you! pic.twitter.com/pL1Iv00lgJ— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 6, 2018
If Trump is racist, then why is the black unemployment rate lower than when it was under Obama?— Sassy Gay Republican (@sassygayrepub) January 5, 2018
Trump seemingly has more pressing matters to attend to than taking credit for another accomplishment that likely doesn't belong to him, such as the incendiary new book about his White House, his petty feud with Steven Bannon or, you know, the looming threat of nuclear war with North Korea.