President Trump slapped back at rapper Jay-Z after the music icon described the Trumpster as a racist “superbug.”
The “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” rapper blasted Trump a day earlier for allegedly referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting on immigration.
“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” he told CNN’s “The Van Jones Show” in an interview that aired Saturday.
Trump allegedly made the comments to a group of senators during a meeting earlier this month to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“You don’t take the trash out,” he said during his CNN interview. “You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable and then, you know, as those things grow, then you create a superbug.”
“And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”
But he then took a softer tone on his fellow New York native, saying the President “is a human being, too.”
“Somewhere along his lineage, something happened to him,” he said. “And he’s in pain and he’s expressing it in this sort of way.”
In an attempt to punch back at Jay-Z, Trump tweeted, “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Van Jones had asked Jay-Z about the black unemployment figures and whether or not more jobs made up for the hurtful Trump rhetoric aimed at blacks.
Jay-Z said no “because it’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point.”
Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump’s presidency. And Jay’s answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL !!! … Watch the VIDEO for yourself: https://t.co/7Sv3rHKkmW https://t.co/jbHpkKOM5o
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 28, 2018
While it is true that unemployment for black Americans, currently at 6.8%, is at the lowest rate in many years, it’s disingenuous for Trump to take all the credit.
The unemployment numbers for black Americans has steadily declined since early 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s years before Trump arrived at the White House.
There was never a targeted effort by the Trump White House to lower black unemployment. It happened along the way. It is still the higher unemployment of all groups. https://t.co/FeGYbvKaJF— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) January 28, 2018