On Tuesday, during a campaign event in North Carolina, Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands of supporters that African-Americans are “in the worst shape they’ve ever been.”
“We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever,” Trump said at the Duplin County Events Center.
“You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street. They’re worse, I mean honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities,” Trump continued. “And I say to the African American communities and I think it’s resonating, because you see what’s happening with my poll numbers with African Americans. They’re going, like, high.”
Of course, after the comments, Trump faced significant backlash, with many people saying the comments were tone deaf and downright disparaging.
The comments came after President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized Trump for his comments on minorities, especially African-Americans, in the United States.
“You may have heard Hillary [Clinton]’s opponent in this election say that there’s never been a worse time to be a black person. I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery or Jim Crow,” Obama said during the Congressional Black Caucus gala in Washington.