WATCH: Donald Trump tells black supporters ‘You built this nation’ at leadership summit
Article By Tonya Walker // EEW Magazine // Politics
Many in mainstream media regularly report the number of lies President Donald Trump has told. But Friday, he spoke indisputable truth.
“You built this nation,” he told a room full of nearly 300 African Americans gathered inside the White House’s East Room.
The 73-year-old made these remarks during a motivational speech at the Young Black Leadership Summit 2019 where he was warmly received with hoots, cheers, and chants of “USA!” and “four more years!”
“African Americans built this nation. You built this nation. You know, you're just starting to get real credit for that,” he said. “I don't know if you know that. You're just starting to get - you built the nation. We all built it. But you were such a massive part of it.”
Attendees at the event organized by pro-Trump organization Turning Point USA, pointed camera phones, proudly supporting the man who is regarded by some as public enemy number one. Despite the overwhelming negative reports published about Trump daily, it did not dampen the passionate response he received Friday.
“You broke the sound barrier,” Trump said of the African American students and young professionals’ uproarious cheering as they stood under the East Room’s fancy chandeliers.
“I’ve never heard it quite like that, and I appreciate it,” he said.
The black youth’s enthusiastic reception of the president stands in stark contrast to the tense, negative tone of media reporting during an escalating impeachment inquiry.
“We love you!” they shouted.
The love fest grew even stronger as the president called Republican firebrand, Trump loyalist, and Blexit founder, Candace Owens to the microphone.
“The media—the audacity of them to think that they are going to impeach our president!” said the recently-married 30-year-old conservative activist.
At the mention of impeachment, the audience booed and made thumbs down signs.
“It’s absolutely not happening, not under our watch. We need to make sure we fight for this man. The one man who is standing up for black America, we are going to fight for, guys. We have to keep it going,” she said.
Trump, whose eye is on the 2020 election, ran touted his own achievements, particularly historically low unemployment and poverty rates among black Americans, and his criminal justice reform efforts.
Trump reminded his supporters how well the economy is doing, pointing out that Americans are “finding jobs and they’re getting good jobs, and if you don’t like that job, you can get another one, because you have a lot of choice.”
He said, “While we are fighting every day to build up our nation, the far left only wants to wreck, ruin and destroy our nation. And you know better than anybody, for the last three years, Democrat lawmakers, their deep-state cronies, the fake news media, they’ve been colluding in their effort to overturn the presidential election.”
He continued, “63 million people voted,” and Democrats want to “nullify the votes of the American people and many African American people voted for Trump, even then. Now they like me more.”
Among Republicans, according to a Gallup poll, 78% approve of Trump's handling of race relations in the U.S.
The Trump campaign is aiming to increase black voters in key states next year, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where he narrowly won by less than one percentage point.
“No one in America has been hurt more as a result of the Democrats’ corrupt leadership and socialist policies than our nation’s African American community,” Trump said. “It’s true. That’s true.”
Whether you believe that’s true or not, there is no denying the fact that African Americans indeed built this country.
Watch his full speech below.