REPORT: Donald Trump Thought Only Black People Received Welfare Benefits

Last week President Trump made one of the most racist statements of his very racist career, calling Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.” But that is far from his first horrible comment he’s made since taking office, and NBC is reporting that last year, Trump appeared astonished when he learned that not all welfare recipients are black.

He made the comment during a March 2017 meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. When he was told that welfare reform would hurt many constituents, “not all of whom are black,” Trump replied: “Really? Then what are they?”

Statistically speaking, they’re white. According to a 2017 study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, about 6.2 million working-class white Americans are on welfare. That makes half of all working-age adults without college degrees on welfare white. Less than a quarter are black, and a fifth are Hispanic.

And that meeting got much worse from there. Trump was shocked to learn that not one member of the Congressional Black Caucus personally knew Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development secretary. This isn’t even the first time that Trump assumed that a black person would just personally know members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Last February, he asked reporter April Ryan if any of them were “friends of yours.”

But this is the kind of thoughts that got him elected. He was like this long before he even ran for President, and more than enough Americans found it okay enough to cast their vote for him.

Nicole James
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Nicole James is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.

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