Donald Trump has admitted that he was wrong about black unemployment rates in January.
The Hill reports Trump owned up to inaccurately boasting about black unemployment rates being at their lowest ever during a speech on Tuesday. But in true Agent Orange fashion, he blamed it on the media.
“I have to tell you, the fake news about two weeks ago got me on that one. Because two months ago, it was the lowest level ever recorded," Trump said.
As Blavity previously reported, Trump bragged about the “lowest black unemployment in history” occurring during his term in late January. But as he was giving himself undue props, black unemployment was actually spiking. The percentage of unemployed black Americans went from 6.8 in December to 7.7 in January.
"Then, about four weeks ago, it went slightly not as good," Trump continued on Tuesday. "And I made a speech; I said, 'African-American unemployment has reached the lowest levels ever recorded.' And it really wasn't. It was good, but it wasn't. And they got me. They said it wasn't so."
He issued a slight correction, saying the rates “went back down to the lowest levels ever recorded" and gave himself a pat on the back.
“So we have it, right? It makes us feel good. That's an important one," he concluded.
The president even picked a feud with Jay-Z over the numbers.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
“Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED,” he wrote on Twitter.
He went on Twitter to boast once more.
So true Wayne, and Lowest black unemployment in history! https://t.co/gDxxJdZQUm
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2018
"So true Wayne, and Lowest black unemployment in history!" he told one of his supporters.
Trump also shared his alternative facts during his State of the Union address:
“Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing alone," Trump said. "After years of wage stagnation, we are finally seeing rising wages. Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history."
Hopefully, he’ll keep his stories straight from now on.