President Donald Trump held a White House roundtable on Thursday celebrating Black History Month, and there was a touching moment when the participants all gathered around the president and prayed.
“With and for him,” CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller said in a tweet:
African American supporters in the Cabinet Room gather around Pres Trump to pray with and for him. pic.twitter.com/pJZMi727BW
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 27, 2020
In what proved to be a telling rebuke of former President Barack Obama, one of the guests at the table, Jack Brewer, a former NFL player, joked with Trump that he was “the first black president.”
“Mr. President, I don’t mean to interrupt, but I’ve got to say this because it’s Black History Month: man, you the first black president,” Brewer said.
For what it’s worth, President Bill Clinton was once called “the first black president.”
The remark prompted CNN political commentator Keith Boykin to throw a fit, using an offensive racial slur on air — you get the sense he wouldn’t dare say it to Brewer’s face.
“The idea that anybody would sit in a room with Donald Trump and call him the first black president after we had Barack Obama as the president of the United States — it shows just what kind of Uncle Toms were sitting in that room in the first place,” he spewed.
“That’s ridiculous,” he continued. “That’s an outrage that anybody would sit in that room and say something like that. That’s a shocking, appalling, disgusting thing to say.”
Boykin would stand by the term after an ever-so-gentle repudiation from host Don Lemon.
Trump joked with the room that he should get “100 percent” support from the black community given his record on issues impacting African Americans, noting the record low unemployment numbers and criminal justice reform, among other issues.
“I want to congratulate the black community because what you’ve done in the progress you’ve made over the last three years,” the president said.
“The African American poverty rate has plummeted to the lowest level in the history of our country,” Trump said. “These are good numbers. I don’t know. I mean, I should be at 100% I hate to tell you, right?”
Diamond and Silk, aka Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, were on hand at the East Room event, and praised Trump for going “toe-to-toe with the status quo.”
Citing an old gospel song “‘I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired,” Silk said they have not gotten tired of winning with this president.
Clasping hands with Trump, Richardson added: ” I just want to say thank you, Mr. President. I love you from the bottom of my heart and November the 3rd, 2020, you will be the president of these United States!”
Diamond and Silk: “They sing the song ‘I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired,” but I haven’t got tired of winning.” pic.twitter.com/iwVjk9j40s
— The Hill (@thehill) February 28, 2020
And if that wasn’t enough affection for you, Knoller also shared a photo of Trump planting a kiss on the cheek of first lady Melania Trump.
Pres kisses Mrs Trump for dropping by WH reception marking African-American History Month. He says she loves America and is doing a great job. pic.twitter.com/9qmUJr0iPj
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 28, 2020
Hardaway reminded everyone at the event to “remove every Democrat by voting them out.”
“Vote right so you won’t get left,” she said.
Diamond and Silk: “Vote right so you won’t get left.” pic.twitter.com/oJ8oonFZDp
— The Hill (@thehill) February 28, 2020
Diamond and Silk would also speak at CPAC 2020, and told attendees that Democrats “promise on everything and they deliver on nothing.”
“Look at how they’re promising reparations, black people don’t need reparations, they need liberation from the Democrat party,” Hardaway said.
“In order to keep America great,” she continued, “America must be self-dependent and not government dependent.”
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