President Trump Remarks at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference – 2:15pm Livestream…

This afternoon President Donald trump delivers remarks at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel.  Anticipated start time is 2:15pm EDT.

UPDATE: Video and Transcript

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[Transcript] THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. It’s a great honor to be here with you. And Ja’Ron, you’re a special person — a great friend of my daughter and my son-in-law. And he’s done an incredible job.

And it’s really wonderful to be with the unbelievable leaders of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It was a very important trip for me to be here with you today. A couple of people aren’t happy because I had to cancel them out, but that’s okay. We don’t mind.

I’m truly honored to be here today to celebrate the vital and cherished role of the HBCUs in American life. Together, we will ensure that HBCUs continue to thrive and prosper and flourish for the countless generations to come. For more than — (applause) — it’s true. We’re doing it. And you know we’re doing it. We’ve done a lot, and we’re going to do a lot more.

For more than 180 years, HBCUs have strengthened our country and called America to greatness. Your institutions have been pillars of excellence in higher education and the engines of advancement for African American citizens. They’ve been incredible, the job they’ve done. (Applause.)

You have shaped American leaders, trained American legends, pioneered American innovations, empowered American workers, built American communities, and you’ve made all of America very proud of you and the job you’ve done, and all of those great students that have learned so much from your wisdom. Thank you very much.

This nation owes a profound and enduring debt of gratitude to its HBCUs. (Applause.) So true. And that is why we gather to pay tribute to this remarkable legacy and to renew our commitment to protecting, promoting and supporting HBCUs like never before. And I think you’ve seen that. You’ve seen this administration’s commitment bigger and better and stronger than any previous administration, by far. So that’s very important.

My administration is determined to fight for you and the noble institutions you represent each and every day.

We’re grateful to be joined this afternoon by a tireless supporter of HBCUs, Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is in the audience some place. (Applause.) Betsy, thank you. Thank you, Betsy. Thank you.

I also want to recognize our terrific executive director of the White House HBCUs initiative, Johnathan Holifield. (Applause.) Where is Johnathan? (Applause.)

And I want to tell you, Evander Holyfield is a friend of mine and he could fight. (Laughter.) You always knew when went in the ring with Evander, he may be 50 pounds lighter, but you knew it was going to be a tough night out there for you. But he was something.

I just spoke with my Board of Advisors for HBCUs. And let me thank our amazing Chairman, Johnny Taylor. Johnny, thank you very much. (Applause.) Great job, Johnny.

And also, our Board member here today — and we have a few of them:

Aminta Breaux. (Applause.) Aminta, thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Phyllis Dawkins. (Applause.) Phyllis, thank you. Great job, Phyllis.

Rodney Ellis. (Applause.) Rodney, thank you. Thank you very much, Rodney.

Marshall Grigsby. (Applause.) Thank you, Marshall. Thank you.

Nickolas Justice. (Applause.) Thanks, Nickolas.

Ronald Johnson. (Applause.) Thanks, Ronald. Thank you.

Harold Martin. (Applause.) Thank you, Harold, very much.

Bernard Milano. (Applause.) Connie Rath and Billy Hawkins. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you all.

And, Billy, I will always remember the Talladega Marching Band in my inaugural parade. That was something. You topped them all. That was a great — that’s a great group. Thank you very much. They were fantastic.

This afternoon, we are also thrilled to be joined by more than 40 students who were selected as the 2019 White House HBCU Competitiveness Scholars. Would you please stand so that we can congratulate you and applaud? Where are you? (Applause.) See, that’s what it’s all about, when you get right down to it, isn’t it?

The inspiring tradition of HBCUs dates back to the Civil War era, when pastors, abolitionists, and men and women who had escaped slavery founded many of the first colleges and universities for African Americans. That’s a long time ago.

In 1861, a free African American woman, Mary Peake, taught 20 students under an oak tree near a Union base in Virginia. That tree still stands tall and mighty on the campus of Hampton University. (Applause.) Good school.

In the face of immense hardship and painful injustice, your schools rose to the very pinnacle of academia, becoming many of America’s finest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning. Tremendous respect everybody has for the work that many of you have done — almost everybody in this room has done. I can tell you.

HBCU graduates have improved and uplifted every feature of American society. From your halls came great Americans like Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Ida B. Wells, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, acclaimed inventor Lonnie Johnson, Air Force General Daniel James Jr., NFL Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice, and legendary Coach Eddie Robinson. Eddie Robinson was a good coach. (Applause.) I think Eddie Robinson won more games than anybody, didn’t he? (Laughter.) Is that true? Is that true? I think so.

And we are — by the way, have Scott Turner, speaking about good football players. Where is Scott? He’s leading such a great charge with the Opportunity Zones. (Applause.) Thank you, Scott. He’s a great, great gentleman. He works so hard. He goes — he’s all over the place. I say, “Where’s Scott today?” He’s in about six cities at one time. (Laughter.) And the Opportunity Zones have really caught on. Been incredible. Thank you, Scott.

During World War II, Tuskegee University trained the young Americans who would become the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. That was great group of people.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. graduated from Morehouse College. (Applause.) That’s great.

And African American students helped plan the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the basement of another HBCU, Alabama State University. (Applause.)

Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities have always challenged our nation to be better and braver, to do what is right, to dream bigger, aim higher, and always be bolder in pursuit of what is just, decent, and true.

HBCUs represent only 3 percent of America’s higher education institutions. You get graduates — 80 percent — think of that: 80 percent of African American judges, 40 percent African American engineers, and more than 50 percent of African American doctors. That’s an incredible statement. From 3 percent overall to 50 percent and more for doctors. (Applause.) That’s an incredible statistic. It’s an incredible achievement.

My administration is deeply devoted to advancing this amazing legacy of success, commitment, and contribution to our nation. You have never stopped working to improve this country, and you deserve a government — you have to just keep going. You really do deserve a government that never stops working for you. And you never stop working for it. You’re amazing people in this room. Incredible people. And I congratulate you for it. (Applause.)

That is why, in my first weeks in office, I took action to make HBCUs a top priority once again. I signed an executive order to move the federal HBCU initiative to the White House, right where it belongs. (Applause.)

Over the past two and a half years, we have listened and learned from you, and we have taken very, very major action. I think you know that. I signed legislation to increase federal funding for HBCUs by a record 13 percent. That was the highest ever done. (Applause.)

When members of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund asked us to lift the ban on Pell Grants for summer classes, I included that change in my budget, and we worked with Congress and we got it done. (Applause.) And, you know, we had a little opposition to getting that done, I must tell you. But we got it done.

In the fall of 2017, we met with leaders of HBCUs devastated by Hurricane Katrina: Dillard University, Southern University at New Orleans, Tougaloo College, Xavier University of Louisiana.

And less than a year later, my administration took action to fully forgive their disaster loans, so these colleges could get out of debt and back to their critical mission of educating our nation’s future leaders — and truly great leaders they will be. So, congratulations. (Applause.)

Last year, my administration also worked with UNCF and key members of Congress to provide capital finance loan deferment to 13 HBCUs that presented rigorous plans for growth. In total, over the last two and a half years, through the Capital Financing Program, we have provided more than $500 million in loans to HBCUs. (Applause.) At a very good interest rate, I might add. (Laughter.)

Right here in our nation’s capital, we delivered an additional grant of $15 million to the only federally chartered HBCU — a great school, with a great reputation, that was already mentioned once today: Howard University. It really is; it’s a great school. (Applause.)

I signed a farm bill that included more than $100 million for scholarships, research, and centers of excellence at Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are land-grant institutions. One hundred million dollars. (Applause.)

And thanks to Secretary DeVos leadership and her work with many of you, we’ve also made unprecedented progress to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens so that your institutions are free to innovate and offer more flexible ops — you know, options for the students. And you’re doing that. You’re doing a lot of great options. I looked at some before. They’ve got a lot of really great options, and that’s what you need.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce another major action we’re taking to protect HBCUs. Previously, federal law restricted more than 40 faith-based HBCUs and seminaries from fully accessing federal support for capital improvement projects. This meant that your faith-based institutions, which have made such extraordinary contributions to America, were unfairly punished for their religious beliefs. Did we know that? Did everybody know that? Because it was — it was hap- — that was not good.

This week, our Department of Justice has published an opinion declaring such discriminatory restrictions as unconstitutional. (Applause.) It was a big step. And from now on, faith-based HBCUs will enjoy equal access to federal support. (Applause.)

When I came into office, I directed the entire federal government to develop a strategy to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Today, 32 federal departments and agencies have released statements of priority that are helping your institutions receive resources and support that you deserve.

To give just a few examples, NASA is expanding outreach to HBCU students who want to become scientists, engineers, and even astronauts. I don’t know about the astronaut. I don’t want to be an astronaut. How about you? Does anybody want to be an astronaut over there? (Laughter.) Huh? I don’t see too many hands going up. (Laughter.) I see one. There’s one brave person over there. That’s pretty great though. But what we’ve done there is terrific. And for those that do want to be an astronaut and those other wonderful things, it’s now possible.

The Departments of Labor and Education are working with HBCUs to increase apprenticeship opportunities. Our federal budget also prioritizes HBCUs in our plan to give more students access to state-of-the-art training in high-demand fields, such as science, technology, engineering, and math. We want to help each student have the experience they need to get a tremendous job, enjoy a rewarding career, and join our great national effort to rebuild America, which is what we’re doing. (Applause.)

The fierce dedication to strengthening HBCUs is a core part of my administration’s unwavering focus on the project of national renewal.

We are working every day to make decisive decisions so that we can really avoid many of the failures of the past. There have been so many failures. It just didn’t work. And a lot of that has been our government’s fault; they didn’t allow it to work. We are fixing decades of mistakes made by politicians in both parties who put the needs of other countries before our own country, and who put special interests before the interests of everyday, hardworking people.

Past leaders spent trillions of dollars in the Middle East, but they let our citizens suffer, our middle class languish, and our neighborhoods fall into total disrepair. And they didn’t take care of our — you know, our colleges. I mean, our colleges at different levels. They didn’t take care of a lot of things.

The Washington establishment enacted ruinous trade policies that devastated millions of hardworking families and inflicted deep economic pain on many African American communities. Both leaders in both parties let China and other nations loot our jobs, raid our factories, and shatter the dreams of our citizens. China would take out of our country more than $500 billion a year for many years and steal our intellectual property. Things are much different today.

More than half a million African Americans lost good-paying manufacturing jobs after a twin disasters of NAFTA and China’s entrance into the WTO. That’s the World Trade Organization. That was when it all began to happen. These were not good deals. You’re going to all make better deals than that. You have to promise me, when you’re up here someday — one of you or two of you or three of you, at different times, of course. (Laughter.) You’ll be up here. We don’t do any tries over here, right? But you’ll be at different times, but you’ll do much better than the past.

But under this administration, the era of economic surrender is over. We are bringing back our jobs, we’re bringing back our wealth, and we are bringing back our dignity. The stock market is getting ready, it seems, to hit the 118th day. We have had 118 records, where we hit the highest point. And three weeks ago, they were saying, “Recession, recession.” They were hoping for a recession because maybe that would hurt our chances of doing all of the things that we’re doing.

But we’re getting ready, it looks like, to hit another great milestone, another great all-time stock market record, which to me means jobs, more than anything else. Forget about stock prices; it means jobs.

After years of building up other countries, we are finally building up our country, standing up for our workers, and fighting for our forgotten communities.

The first and highest duty of government is to take care of its own citizens. African Americans built this nation through generations of blood, sweat, and tears. And you, like all of our citizens, are entitled to a government that puts your needs, your interests, and your families first. (Applause.)

The first agenda and the America First agenda is about the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that unite all Americans. That is why we’re joining forces with HCBUs to invest in the workforce of the future. Our Pledge to the American Worker has already secured commitments for 13 million employment and training opportunities for American citizens. It’s been an incredible success. We are getting people off of the sidelines and back into the game. Last month alone, nearly 600,000 Americans entered the labor force. You read that just the other day.

To unleash small business creation and produce millions of jobs, we passed massive tax cuts and launched a historic regulatory reduction campaign. We cut more regulations than any President in history, even though they’ve been there for, in many cases, a lot longer than I have.

Thanks to these pro-American trade, tax, and regulatory policies, the economy is booming and wages are rising, and our country is very much respected again. Last month, the unemployment rate for African Americans hit yet another all-time, historic low. In the history of our country, it’s the lowest number we’ve ever had. (Applause.)

And this is very exciting, especially for the folks in the room and those young folks over there that are so great and so smart: African American youth unemployment has reached the lowest rate ever recorded in the history of our country. (Applause.)

So, in other words, it’s a good time to be looking for a job, right? You picked the right time.

For the first time ever, most new hires are minorities and predominantly women. So, that’s a big statement. Most are minorities and women.

The African American poverty rate also reached a new record low in the history of our country. The lowest poverty rate. We are — (applause) — that’s something. I don’t know, when I’m on that debate stage with whoever I’m on, these are pretty good numbers to, you know. (Laughter.) Who is going to beat these numbers? Please tell me. (Laughter.)

We’re working hard to ensure economic opportunity extends to all Americans, including those who have been released from prison. With employers and educational centers like HBCUs, we are supporting Second Chance hiring policies so that former inmates get a new shot at life. (Applause.) And we’re very proud of this. I have to say that it’s never been like this before. There’s never been anything where you get out of prison and they weren’t able to find jobs. They had that stigma and they weren’t able to find a job. Nobody would hire them.

And today — and a lot of it has to do with the fact that the employment numbers are just about record low for country. And it’s been incredible. The success has been incredible, and the quality has been incredible. So many employers are saying, “I wish I knew about this. I would have started it years ago.” So it’s been an incredible time. And there’s never been a time like it, as far as people getting out of prison and getting a real shot at life. So we’re very proud of that.

This is just one more way that we live by those two simple and really crucial rules: Buy American and hire American. (Applause.) For this reason, we’re also pursuing immigration reforms to protect jobs and wages for American workers, especially those who have been left behind.

We’re fighting to give every parent of every student access to school choice, because no American child deserves to be trapped in a failing school. (Applause.)

To remedy unfair sentencing laws that disproportionately hurt African Americans, last year I proudly signed groundbreaking criminal justice reform into law, a bipartisan FIRST STEP Act. So we signed that just recently. (Applause.) They were never able to get it, and we got it.

We’ve taken historic action to confront the opioid crisis. And last year, our nation saw the first decline in drug overdose deaths in more than 30 years.

My administration — that’s a big thing. It’s such a problem for our country and such a problem for countries all over the world. It’s a tremendous problem, the drug problem.

My administration has also launched an unprecedented campaign to spur investment and revitalization in our country’s most underserved communities.

Under this vital initiative, America’s governors have designated nearly 9,000 communities as Opportunity Zones. And that’s where Scott has been so incredible. About half of all of the HBCUs are located in these Opportunity Zones.

Scott, come up here for a second. Will you just come up? This guy is so unbelievable. (Applause.) He’s so unbelievable, the job he’s doing. I only ask, do you sleep? But they ask me that question too, “Do you sleep?” He sleeps, I think, maybe less than I do. Come up, up Scott. He doesn’t need stairs. (Applause.)

MR. TURNER: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And very briefly, Opportunity Zones — this initiative called Opportunity Zone is really unprecedented in our nation’s history. You take private capital and you partner it with public investment to bring about real revitalization and transformation in our communities.

And it’s unique because it’s not just economic development; it’s community development. See, poverty, it has no favorite. Poverty is in the black community. It’s in the white community. It’s urban. It’s rural. It’s tribal. It’s suburban.

We’ve been to 38 cities in the last 15 weeks, and I’ve seen some of the worst cities in our country, from coast to coast, tip to tip, and even in the Heartland. And one thing I’ve learned is that poverty does not care…

what you look like. It doesn’t care where you come from. But I’ve had the old saying that I like to teach my son: We fight fire with fire.

The name of this council is the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. “Revitalize” means to imbue with new life. It means to reinvigorate, to reenergize. Revitalization also has no color. Revitalization has no party, ladies and gentlemen. Revitalization starts in the heart of every man and every woman.

And our goal here, our mission — and thank President Trump and his administration for the courage and the vision for this — our mission is, yes, it’s job creation, it’s new businesses, it’s housing, but it is the eradication of poverty in our nation — a systemic problem that has crippled this nation for a long time.

And we’re here, and we need all of you. We spoke to the HBCU Conference yesterday. We need everyone in this room, one, to pray for our leadership, to pray for what we’re doing, and number two, see how you can get involved to bring about revitalization where you live. Doesn’t matter black, white, Democrat, Republican — it doesn’t matter. Revitalization starts in the heart.

I’m grateful to steward this council, and I’m going to try to reach as many people as we can. Because at the end of the day, long after all of us have gone to glory, this has to have a generational impact. And history will tell the story — (applause) — of revitalization. God bless you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Scott. Is he great? He is something. What a job you’re doing, Scott. Thank you very much. What a job.

I know that each and every one of you shares the same commitment to improving our communities and building a future of limitless opportunity.

For nearly two centuries, America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities have done exactly that. You have empowered millions of students to thrive in their careers, start a business, own a home, and raise proud, strong, and loving families.

That is your magnificent legacy, and that is the mission we are determined to help you carry on. We’re right by your side.

So together with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we will power this nation to new heights. Heights like nobody would’ve imagined.

We will reward hard work and innovation in every field.
We will champion freedom, justice, equality, and opportunity for all.

We will pursue greatness together, as communities, as citizens, and as one United States of America.

Every day of my presidency, we’ll strive to give every child, of every background and every race, religion, color, and creed, the best chance to reach that beautiful American Dream.
As we do, I pledge that we will always support the institutions which help make these goals possible: our nation’s wonderful HBCUs. We will never let you down and we will never stop fighting for you.

And I just want to thank everybody for being here today. It’s a great honor.

God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

END 2:57 P.M. EDT

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53 Responses to President Trump Remarks at the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference – 2:15pm Livestream…

  1. Brian L says:

    But he’s so racist! Why would he want to encourage black youth?!

    You mean he’s been doing this for decades?

    Why would a racist do this for decades?

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  2. pocaMAGAjunta says:

    Be on the lookout for this evenings’ news special: President Trump: Healing the Racial Divide.

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  3. SMP Belltown says:

    I know it’s generally used for the ending of ALL of these speeches/events…. But the opening chorale bit of the Stones song they use sometimes seems stylistically out of place at an event like this.

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    • Scott Lyddon says:

      It may seem odd at first. But lyrically, Trump may not be what they want, but he’s what they need.

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      • americalsgt says:

        I think the song is perfect, but at times I have to admit James Brown’s The Payback would be good to hear.

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        • Conservative_302 says:

          Mine is Lovely Day by the great Bill Withers. An interesting little know fact is when Bills songs caught on and he started becoming famous, he still kept his regular day job at Boeing, I think it was, because he didn’t trust fame. Imagine that. He must be must be a very cool and down to earth guy.

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      • SMP Belltown says:

        I think it’s a great song to play at the end on every “stadium” rally. But for those smaller events that are more low-key and intimate (such as a addressing a group of first response folks, or some collected troops, or teachers, or ministers, or disaster survivors), something with more nuance might seem more appropriate to the situation.

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        • Marc says:

          Agreed. I feel like this is a Parscale decision. He’s a great guy and committed to the President but similarly with the whole “Trump dynasty” remark he made a couple days ago, he sometimes lacks nuance in his behavior.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      terrible. who chose that? first, it is white people music. second, stones made a living out of co-opting R&B and soul – Black music.

      third – yes, it is a lousy theme. celebrating HBC by repeating my dad’s favorite phrase “life isn’t fair?” not really inspirational.

      whoever picked that music should have described closing music to someone from the college, and reviewed a few of their selections. why not “lift every voice and sing?”

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      • inspectorudy says:

        Maybe he should have faked a black accent like hillary? Maybe he should have chosen a black rap song about the evil whites like bill clinton? Maybe he should have worn a hoodie with his pants on the floor? Or maybe he was just being Trump!

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    • sunnyflower5 says:

      Why would the president need to change his song list?
      And the lyric is — You can’t always get what you want
      But if you try sometime you find
      You get what you need.

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  4. pageoturner says:

    HBCU’s are a subject I know a lot about.

    In truth, HBCU’s should be closed down with the possible exception of Morehouse in Atlanta. They have inferior teachers, inferior administrations, inferior students, inferior curriculum are not supported by alumni and serve no useful purpose. Very few students admitted graduate and even fewer repay their college loans.

    They are a drain on the taxpayer & have outlived their usefulness if they ever had any. Most are now part of public university systems because they don’t pay their bills due to waste & fraud.

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    • fred2w says:

      I wonder if GOP hero Booker T. Washington who founded an HBCU (Tuskegee University) would share your sentiment.

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    • I have spent a significant amount of time installing chillers and such at HBCU Central State University and the crap that goes on there off the chain. On a roof below a “ladies” rest room a HAZMAT team had to come and clean the mounds of stinking, decaying, sanitary products the “ladies” flung out the windows….

      However diagonally across the road is Wilberforce University, America’s first Private HBCU and it is a pretty quiet place.

      Greene Co Ohio is an interesting place. You have extremely conservative Cedarville University which is a breath of fresh air to visit, Wilberforce and CSU, and (shudder) Antioch all just a short drive from each other and about as different from each other as they could possibly be!

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    • Bluto Ruffian says:

      Page, the President just gave you the opportunity of a lifetime. Since you know so much about HBCUs, Scott Turner wants you to help him fix these broken colleges and make HBCU GREAT AGAIN. Are you up to it?

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  5. Dekester says:

    Maybe the real sadness in all of this, is that the MSM and the the RINO herd have shown to be truly selfish, and self serving in the extreme. With no care whatsoever for America, Americans or common decency.

    Scott was a terrific speaker, and obviously is invigorated with his position.

    Oh well, thanks to Sundance and the “ deplorables” a corner has turned.

    If only more “Rs” in the Senate would support him, and if maybe a few Dem Senators in safe Dem States could do what is right, and support your fine President. Then things would really take off.

    Of course that will be the same day I see a Unicorn😉

    God bless PDJT

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  6. SupY’all says:

    Saw this today at my local WalMart: Employees taking inventory. Two young men (black) were smack talking each other – they were actually funny – when one says “what about all those white supremists? You ever see any” his friend says “no man, maybe way out in the country, I don’t know any” They then went on to say positive things about Trump. Until their manager told them to STOP TALKING and then she seperated them. One guy looked at his friend and said “yea, you know that lady complained” He then walked over to the next aisle, and said to his now female counterpart “So, you don’t like what I talk about – what do you want to talk about?”

    Moral of the story. Trump’s message is getting thru.

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    • bosscook says:

      Oh, I’m making note of the many MANY diverse people I talk to, that once they figure out I’m pro-Trump, can’t stop talking about how great he is. They are cautious at first, feeling me out. I’m talking about 22 year old well pump guys, 55 year old cashiers, 14 year old giggling girls, 70 year old machinists…it’s all over the map…white, brown, yellow, black…man, woman, gay, confused. There is a HUGE contingency that keep very quiet. That’s why if Trump loses, the ONLY reason is massive voter fraud. I’m convinced.

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

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  7. TMonroe says:

    Even the Washington Post Is acknowledging measurables and concluding that “Minority hires overtook white hires last year”, which calls for a redefinition of some terms. A society that deals in reality, fairness, and truth would revisit affirmative action and the “protected class” restribituve policies rather than the doubling and tripling down that happened under the previous admin and which the usual suspects are evidently turning into a political football with the help of editorial boards and social media.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/for-the-first-time-ever-most-new-working-age-hires-in-the-us-are-people-of-color/2019/09/09/8edc48a2-bd10-11e9-b873-63ace636af08_story.html

    “The surge of minority women getting jobs has helped push the U.S. workforce across a historic threshold. For the first time, most new hires of prime working age (25 to 54) are people of color, according to a Washington Post analysis of data the Labor Department began collecting in the 1970s. Minority hires overtook white hires last year.”

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    • GB Bari says:

      Reading the WaPoo article leads the astute observer to conclude that the rise in minority hiring is likely the direct result of millions of illegal aliens having walked into this country over the past several decades.

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      • SwampRatTerrier says:

        Never trust the DC “Dumb as a Post”………..

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        • GB Bari says:

          Actually I think they inadvertently revealed a secret about the numbers of illegal aliens that have been successful in eluding the law and are enjoying the economic benefits of America.

          It’s not that whites aren’t interested in the jobs, it’s just that the illegals have been more willing to take the jobs at lower pay so of course they’re getting preferential hiring.
          IMHO.

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          • SwampRatTerrier says:

            Good thinking.

            I know for the past 20 years that you better be Extremely careful who you contract to re-roof your building, because many of the contractors use all the illegal aliens they can. Their work is crap. Imagine having to re-roof twice in 3 years because a Congress Critter’s relative hired the crappy re-roofers.

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  8. sunnyflower5 says:

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  9. Isn’t “historically black” racist?

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  10. CoffeeBreak says:

    I’m always smiling like a crazy person whenever I watch our President speak. Bigly fan of nearly thirty-nine years, here.

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  11. ezgoer says:

    They can’t name anything he’s done that’s racist. But will keep saying Trump is racist because it’s all they hear from the media, on all their internet sites, every black athlete, every Dem politician. Unfortunately propaganda works.

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  12. SHV says:

    “This afternoon President Donald trump delivers remarks at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Conference ”
    *****
    Serious question….How did he get invited? In today’s environment, any African American/Black association with PDJT is met with vicious attacks.

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    • Justah says:

      He got invited because he has been meeting regularly with Black Community Leaders, including the HBCU. He moved the Reagan HBCU initiative back to the White House and has added a lot of funding to Black Colleges. Sounds like President Trump is the first sitting President to speak at HBCU Week.

      President Trump likes having people come to the White House and talk personally with him about their issues and problems. These are “photo ops”, they are serious meetings … and he delivers results. Must be a thrill to them to go to the White House.

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  13. Lady Sid says:

    I was a guest at a Rotary luncheon today; the speaker was visiting us from Nashville where he is the head of the new National Museum for African American Music; it is using the space downtown that had previously been the convention center, right across from the Ryman Auditorium. Plans are to open late spring 2020. He was introduced as a “Morehouse Man” and he represented that institution very well as well as the new institution he’s heading up, which will open next spring. Our local Rotary group is pretty much all white but everyone wanted to chat with him afterwards. I myself had a professor in college whose father had been President of Fisk University which is still here in Nashville, founded after the Civil War. The man’s grandson was Homeland Security Director under President Obama. There is most definitely a black elite. I think it is great that Trump is ignoring his detractors and making inroads with this crowd. It won’t be easy but I have to believe there are fair-minded people among them who are tired of being told to toe the Progressive line and support crap candidates like “Mayor Pete” and Elizabeth Warren.

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    • SwampRatTerrier says:

      There used to be a large and strong Black Middle Class.

      But Dem-crat-Communists don’t want you to know that.

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    • Liz says:

      There is a large, sharp and hard working black elite who speak perfect English, better than most whites in Utah. Our landlords in LA were a black couple, he was an orthopedic surgeon and she was a high profile lawyer. They had a home overlooking the ocean in Orange County. They had bought the condo we were renting for their daughter to live in while attending UCLA. They all had perfect grammar which warmed my grammar nazi heart. There are also historical high end black neighborhoods in LA. Ladera Heights is at least 95% black. They have private security just like Brentwood and because the schools are bad, all the kids go to private schools. I was planning to buy there had we stayed as I care about safety and education, not skin color. I knew white family who homeschooled there and loved it. Fresh Prince was not inaccurate, nor was the Cosby Show.

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  14. theresanne says:

    Wow, Scott Turner was inspirational! I’m so glad he is on our great President Trump’s team.

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  15. CountryDoc says:

    I hear our POTUS saying, the HBCU do a better job at producing access to the American dream for the black community. They therefore will be rewarded with more favorable status than the “elite institutions” that are propaganda machines against the principles of the Declaration.

    It is the right thing to do.

    It will make a liberal splodey head mess. Brilliant

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  16. CNN_sucks says:

    Glad they have a new champion. Not the pretender democrats who bondage them through decades…and decades.

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  17. MustangBlues says:

    !!! What a speech and heartfelt delivery by the great leader President Donald J. Trump.

    Truly a man among men, and a Leader among Leaders,
    A self-made primus inter pares in our lifetime. Perfect for a constitutional republic.

    He just needs a moral and virtuous people to lead,

    Seems he is winning more listening people to his cause to Make America Great Again.

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  18. Ma McGriz says:

    One of the ugliest things about all the fake racism outrage spawned by obama is the way it prevents the acknowledgement and legitimate celebration of just how far we’ve come in American wrt race.
    It matters.
    It matters because people sacrificed to win those victories.
    It matters because ignoring it is the same as pretending it didn’t happen
    It matters because celebrating our progress encourages more progress.
    The President knows this.
    He demonstrated that again today.

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  19. jbowen82 says:

    I just took a look through the states with the largest proportionate black populations that were close in the 2016 election. Making inroads into the Democratic lock on black votes puts into play Connecticut, Delaware, and Virginia, and helps to hold North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Rather than writing off those votes as automatic Democrats and not even contesting, I think the Trump campaign is going to target black voters in a serious way in 2020.

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    • Bluto Ruffian says:

      JBOWEN, the President (VSGPDJT) doesn’t need to ‘target’ anyone or any class. He simply offers a destiny built on his own lifetime of achievements. Give me a better role model to follow if you can… America First is a is a powerful destiny in my book.

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      • jbowen82 says:

        Winning the White House is a marketing campaign just like selling apartments or getting ratings for your reality show. If there’s one thing the President is, it’s a salesman/marketing genius. The President brilliantly targeted his message to white Rust Belt voters in 2016 and was able to break the “blue wall.” He is clearly working to break the “black bloc” for 2020. God bless him – the Democrats have taken the black vote for granted for far too long.

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    • Conservative_302 says:

      I live in Delaware. His message is not getting through. I don’t know how African Americans get their political news. Trump has to figure that out, and shout his message of change over and over.

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  20. Conservative_302 says:

    I pray for change in the black community. More than anything, children being born by parents who are married and stay married. I am tired of watching NFL drafts where only the mother shows up. What a beautiful thing it was to watch young Coco Gauff at the US Open and her absolutely wonderful adoring parents. They are the example. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are problems in all races, but If we could change this one thing, and have a politician, maybe its Trump, who actually cares and will affect change in the black community, it would be a heavenly and change our world for the better forever.

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  21. jeans2nd says:

    Pres Trump is also awarding massive grants in science and technology to HBCUs, which is a really big deal for black students.

    Wicked Son is Deputy CIO and Assoc Vice Chancellor at the largest, and one of the oldest, HBCUs in the country. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently included WS’s school in a new NSF grant that, to the experienced network eye, indicates the beginnings of a second, more secure, ARPANet. WS is building his school’s part of the network that will provide high-speed access for research, etc. Read the network description, you may see what I saw –
    https://newsandfeatures.uncg.edu/high-speed-network/

    This is a really, really big deal. It was awarded not to an Ivy League Safe Space Kindergarten, but to black American students who may not otherwise have ever seen an opportunity like this.

    It took Pres Trump to do this. Without Pres Trump, these kids would never have even thought of being included in something like this. And this grant would have been given to foreign students at Ivy League Kindergartens.
    (notice the dual-use…a second, secure, ARPANet…)

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