Twitter lately has been spending a lot of time explaining what Donald Trump gets wrong about racial discrimination.
The latest opportunity came overnight, after Trump told an audience in North Carolina that African Americans are in the “worst shape that they’ve ever been in before — ever, ever, ever.”
The responses write themselves, don’t they?
Here’s Trump’s full quote:
Transcript of Trump in Kenansville, NC saying black communities are in the “worst shape that they’ve ever been in.” pic.twitter.com/AKyWbS0JBd
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 21, 2016
It’s worth noting, as our colleague Jose DelReal did, that the North Carolina town Trump spoke in was named for a man from a slaveholding family.
This is not the first time Trump has suggested — to a wide backlash — that things could not get worse for blacks. In mid-August, he told several audiences that African Americans and Hispanics live in neighborhoods akin to war zones.
“Poverty. Rejection. Horrible education. No housing, no homes, no ownership. Crime at levels nobody has seen. … And I ask you this … to the African Americans, who I employ so many, so many people, to the Hispanics, tremendous people: What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said in Ohio on Aug. 22.
He had also used the “What do you have to lose?” refrain during prior rallies in North Carolina, Michigan and Virginia.
On Wednesday, Trump defended that refrain before a gathering of pastors in Cleveland. “Some people didn’t like it,” he said, according to Politico. “But I said, what difference does it make? I mean, it’s true. … What do you have to lose? And it resonated and it has been amazing how it has resonated because it is true.”
On Twitter, meanwhile, journalists, commentators and others were still jumping on Trump’s claim that black communities are in worse shape than ever.
Here’s a look at the backlash:
— Civil Rights (@civilrightsorg) September 20, 2016
I can think of some times in US history that were worse.https://t.co/snDU6fjGDb
— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) September 21, 2016
Only a white supremacist could look @ the state of black communities and say they are in the worst shape ever. Maybe for white supremacists.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) September 20, 2016
If someone asked Trump about Jim Crow, would he even get the reference? https://t.co/tk9dGUP27N
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) September 20, 2016
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 21, 2016
This is what you say when the extent of your interactions with black people people is limited to the 6 o’clock news: https://t.co/9NtmXxN9zH
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) September 21, 2016
Where Trump forgets slavery and Jim Crow while going back to his “You’re poor, you’re Black, you’re ugly” themed outreach to The Blacks. https://t.co/E6ocfW6O9j
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) September 21, 2016
Trump has not taken Obama up on his suggested history lesson. https://t.co/MQPmSpuHMQ
— Beth Reinhard (@bethreinhard) September 20, 2016
Trump just said African Americans are in the worst shape ever
Have ya heard of slavery? 🤔 Good God. Delete your Twitter
— Eric Guster, Esq (@EricGuster) September 20, 2016
Trump is saying this in a region of slavery. One that had two bathrooms, two drinking fountains. Where blacks couldn’t eat with whites. https://t.co/e36JaLus0J
— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 20, 2016
Every time he lies a white supremacist gets his wings.
— Adam Goldberg (@TheAdamGoldberg) September 21, 2016
Are you better off now than you were 240 years ago? https://t.co/ICEpIgzqWF
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) September 21, 2016
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) September 20, 2016
As a bonus, check out these comments from President Obama over the weekend, when he told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that Trump “missed that whole civics lesson about slavery or Jim Crow”: