- Carl Day, a pastor, challenged President Donald Trump to his slogan "Make America Great Again" during the ABC News Town Hall event Tuesday night.
- "Do you realize how deaf this is to the African American community?" Tag asked him.
- The president then pointed out his administration's economic record and said it had benefited African American communities.
- Trump has led a racially divisive re-election campaign that focuses on raising fears of anti-racism protests and anti-segagation laws.
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A black voter gave President Donald Trump his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," which he said was "deaf," during a town hall event.
Carl Day, a pastor who leads a group of churches called Culture Changing Christians, challenged Trump at the ABC News event in Philadelphia.
He said, "When was America great for Afro-Americans in the ghetto of America? You know how deaf that is to the African-American community?"
Trump, who critics say is running an openly racist re-election campaign, responded that he had "tremendous" support from black Americans.
Before the coronavirus pandemic devastated the economy, African Americans would have experienced historic prosperity under his administration.
—ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 16, 2020
"That was probably the highest point, home ownership for the black community, home ownership, lower crime, the best jobs they ever had, the highest income, the best employment numbers they ever had," Trump replied.
"If you want to go back and look back over many years, in six or seven months you can go back, that was the best moment in the history of the African American people in this country."
The president has repeatedly exaggerated the positive effects his policies had on African Americans during his four-year term.
An associated press Fact check in July found that African American unemployment fell to a historic low of 5.4% last August, but this was a continuation of a trend that began during the Obama administration.
Other economic measures, such as income inequality, found that the situation of black Americans had not improved.
Trump has focused his re-election campaign on portraying anti-racism protests that saw America after the death of George Floyd as the work of left-wing extremists who fuel anarchy.
It has also raised concerns about anti-segregation legislation that is causing “low-income” households to invade mostly white suburbs.
In his new White House exposé, titled "Rage," Bob Woodward wrote when he asked Trump if he had a responsibility to "understand the anger and pain" that black Americans were feeling, the president replied in disbelief, saying Woodward, "You really did drink this." Kool-Aid, isn't it? "
On Tuesday, Day urged the president on the matter, saying that the situation of black Americans under successive presidential administrations has not improved much.
"We have to see when that was great because that brings us back to a time when we can't relate to that size. And I mean, you said everything else about suffocation and everything else, but you have to." still address and acknowledge that there was a racial problem in America, "he continued, apparently referring to Trump's conviction of the police officers who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Trump replied, "Well, I hope there is no race problem. I can tell you there is none with me because I have great respect for all races, this country is great for everyone because of that."
He reiterated his claims about his government's economic health, saying that his government's policies were on track to reduce income inequality before the pandemic.