President Trump said that he’s done more for the American black community than any president, though he suggested Abraham Lincoln’s slave-freeing status made that president unrankable.
‘I think I’ve done more for the black community than any other president,’ Trump told Fox News Channel’s Harris Faulkner in an interview that aired Friday. ‘And let’s take a pass on Abraham Lincoln, because he did good although it’s always qustionable, you know, in other words, the end result.’
It was unclear, exactly, what result Trump was talking about, though Faulkner, who is black, responded, ‘Well, we are free, Mr. President. He did pretty well.’
‘We are free,’ Trump said back. ‘Well, you understand what I mean? You know, I got to take a pass on an Honest Abe, as we call it.’
Faulkner then probed Trump on how he’s ‘done more than anybody.’
President Trump said in an interview that aired Friday that he’d ‘done more for the black community than any other president’
President Trump (left) then added Abraham Lincoln ‘did good although it’s always qustionable’ mentioning an ‘end result.’ Fox News Channel’s Harris Faulkner responded with, ‘Well, we are free, Mr. President’
President Abraham Lincoln was the American president through the Civil War and freed the slaves
The president pointed to the bipartisan criminal justice bill he signed.
‘And I got five or six Republicans Senators who had no interest in getting it done,’ Trump reminded Faulkner.
The president also pointed to getting prolonged funding for historically black colleges and universities.
He also mentioned so-called ‘Opportunity Zones’ and prison reform.
The president had made similar comments about Lincoln previously.
On June 2, when the nation was in the throngs of the protests over George Floyd’s death, he tweeted that he came in second place after Lincoln in helping black Americans.
‘My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln,’ the president tweeted. ‘Passed Opportunity Zones with Sen. Tim Scott, guaranteed funding for HBCU’s, School Choice, passed Criminal Justice Reform, lowest Black unemployment, poverty, and crime rates in history … …AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME!’
Earlier this month, while the country was in the throngs of the protests over the death of George Floyd, President Trump said he was the second best president after Abraham Lincoln for the black community
Trump also compared himself to Lincoln when he was sitting under the statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial for a Fox News Channel town hall with Brett Baier and Martha MacCallum in May.
‘Look, I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen. The closest would be that gentleman right up there,’ Trump said.
He pointed at the huge statue of Lincoln that was several feet away.
‘I believe I am treated worse,’ he said.
Despite all the chatter about Lincoln, the president of the United States who carried the Union through the Civil War, Trump this week also refused to consider renaming military bases that are still named after Confederate figures.
He argued that they were part of the country’s ‘heritage,’ while White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said a name change would be an insult to all the Americans who served and died abroad who left those bases.