President Obama has sort of ruined the whole concept of black presidents, according to Donald Trump.
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, the Republican presidential candidate said Americans wouldn’t elect another black president for a long time because of Obama’s “poor standard.”
“I think that he has set a very poor standard,” he said. “I think that he has set a very low bar and I think it’s a shame for the African American people.”
The statement has the potential to raise some eyebrows, as former white presidents who have been perceived poorly have seemingly not prevented future white presidents from getting elected.
Still, it’s not the first time Trump has expressed the sentiment. In 2014, Trump tweeted that a black person would not sit in the White House for “generations” because of Obama.
Instead, Trump insisted that he would be the one to win votes from black Americans. “I think that I will win the African American vote and I think I will win the Hispanic vote,” he said.
The comments came on the same day Trump was asked to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement, which raises concerns about the level of police brutality against black Americans, particularly by white officers. In an interview with Meet the Press, Trump said he empathized with those concerns, but that brutality was being committed by “bad apples” within the system, and that the answer should be more “strength and power” given to police in general.
Trump also reportedly fired one of his campaign advisers on Sunday after it was discovered that the adviser had a long history of racially-charged Facebook posts.
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