Even though they chanted “four more years,” Trump told Black supporters at his annual Black History Month event at the White House that his approval rating with the African American community should be higher.
“The African American poverty rate has plummeted to the lowest level in the history of our country,” Trump added. “These are good numbers. I don’t know. I mean, I should be at 100%, I hate to tell you, right?”
The African-American supporters who gathered for the event held earlier this week, still shared their admiration for Pres. Trump. Some of those in attendance included; Diamond and Silk, two African American women who’ve become social media celebrities based on their support of the president; HUD Secretary Ben Carson and his wife; Herman Cain, the former presidential candidate; Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King and conservative activist; former Trump transition team member Pastor Darrel Scott; Sen. Tim Scott; Candace Owens, conservative commentator; professional boxer Andre Berto; and former NFL player Jack Brewer, who interrupted a round table discussion at the White House to make his point.
“Mr. President, I don’t mean to interrupt, but I’ve got to say this because it’s Black History Month: man, you are the first Black president,” said Brewer, who was a guest at the roundtable.
The comment sparked a round of applause from the president’s other supporters.
Brewer said he was a Democrat all his life until he was “changed” and “inspired” by President Trump.
“You’ve changed me. You touched me. And you made my work go to another level. You inspire me. And every time I go into those prisons and I ask my guys how many of them had their sentences reduced and they raise their hands, I know I’m doing God’s work and I thank you for that,” Brewer said.
The former Vikings player is an ordained minister and Fordham University professor.
The comment comes as the Trump campaign is aggressively courting Black voters ahead of the 2020 election. The campaign announced plans this month to open offices in African American communities in swing states.
“We see the numbers coming up in the polls and the demand on the ground when we do these types of events, so it’s really important that we take this next step and really bring those voters into the party,” Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser for the Trump campaign, said.
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed Trump doubling his 8% support from Black Americans, depending on his 2020 opponent.