The Congressional Black Caucus wasn't having it when Trump made a point of citing the black unemployment rate
- President Donald Trump made a point to highlight the black unemployment rate during his State of the Union address.
- The Congressional Black Caucus greeted his comment with silence.
During his first State of the Union address, President Donald Trump made a point of highlighting recent news that the black unemployment rate had fallen to its lowest level in history.
The Congressional Black Caucus, however, greeted his comment with a nearly silent response.
"Why are the black congressmen Refusing to applaud the 'lowest unemployment rate for AAmericans?' #sotus," tweeted conservative personality Glenn Beck.Some were quick to note that, while the black unemployment rate fell to 6.8% - still above the national unemployment rate - under Trump, the drop was a continuation of a change that began under President Barack Obama.
"Any way you square it, the drop in Black unemployment was a trend that started under President Obama," Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted. "President Trump is just along for the ride. However, we can do better - the Black unemployment rate is still approximately double that of white unemployment. #SOTU."