CNN almost said something nice about President Trump this week. The unemployment rate for black Americans is at a record low. Barack Obama couldn’t do in eight years what President Trump accomplished in months.
CNN begrudgingly admitted that the numbers were trending in the right the direction, but stubbornly insisted that there still existed a “continuing cause for concern.”
Liberals can’t stand to see President Trump succeed. They were so certain that he was going to fail, so certain that he was a just a buffoon who got lucky, that networks like CNN and MSNBC rebranded themselves as part of the “resistance” and began openly criticizing President Trump.
Journalists should hold politicians accountable for their actions, but that’s not what the mainstream media pundits have been doing. They’ve been attacking President Trump like he was a common celebrity and they were paparazzi.
A Seattle journalist noted:
“Secondly, the unemployment rate is an imperfect measure of the employment situation. The employment-population ratio is a far more accurate way of measuring how fully employed a population is. It measures the percentage of people who are employed. While 69 percent of white men are employed, just 63 percent of Black men are employed (the numbers for women are closer, with African-American women actually working MORE than White women, with an employment-population ratio of 59 percent for Black women and 55 percent for white women).”
If she had stopped there, she would have been fine. Instead, the author decided to rail against President Trump and insist that whatever good there might be in the economy, none of it was due to the current administration.
“Furthermore,” she wrote, “the 45th President inherited an economy that was improving. Falling unemployment rates are a result of the Obama expansion. Let’s say it again, the Obama expansion. An economic expansion will naturally move unemployment rates downward, no matter who is the President.”
The economy stagnated under Obama. The nation’s first black president did absolutely nothing to improve the lives of black people in America. President Trump has been denounced as a racist by screaming liberals, yet he’s managed to do what no president before him could.
“When I saw it come down below 7, I partially exhaled,” Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, said. “But the fact is that while we’re glad people are working, their paychecks don’t buy what their paychecks used to buy. And that’s got to be a part of any conversation.”
Liberals just can’t give the president a compliment with qualifying it first. Discrimination still exists, obviously, but that doesn’t mitigate President Trump’s accomplishments. Black workers in America are doing better than they ever have.
“I think that the kind of biases that drive discrimination are very resilient and haven’t changed a lot,” Northwestern University sociologist Lincoln Quillian said. “There was a period of black catching up that occurred in the 1950s and ’60s after the civil rights movement… But after that, there’s been a lot more stability than change.”
6.8 percent is too high. It’s troubling that the number that represents the lowest black unemployment rate in history is so large. President Trump’s economy is responsible for the shrinking number, and if Republicans can get along the economy will only get stronger. The racial gap between employment rates is dwindling.
“You never want to read too much into any monthly report, because these data can be pretty noisy. But the African-American unemployment rate fell to its lowest level on record, 6.8 percent in December. Those data begin in the early 1970s, so that was kind of a big deal. Also, the gap between the black and the white rates at 3.1 percentage points was the smallest gap on record,” Jared Bernstein, the former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, said. Bernstein is now a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Like most bitter Democrats, he refuses to believe that President Trump is responsible for the positive change.
“If they (Republicans) had their way, there would be a lot fewer minorities getting health coverage, benefiting from safety net programs or getting help from job training programs or help with school admissions or housing… So Trump has no business taking credit for any of these developments.”