Black Conservatives in the Era of Donald Trump: “African Americans built this nation”
Racial slurs are often thrown at black conservatives on social media for their open support of President Trump in today’s polarized political climate.
They also risk losing their jobs and support from family and friends – but tor a weekend in Washington, D.C. black Americans across the country were invited to Turning Point USA’s Black Leadership Summit to connect with other like-minded individuals. The summit, led by conservative activists Candace Owens, David Harris, Robert Smith, other leaders and attendees also received personal invitations to the White House to meet Trump.
“African Americans built this nation,” Trump said to the hundreds of attendees gathered in the East Room of the White House. “You’re just starting to get real credit for that. We all built it, but you were such a massive part of it – bigger than you were given credit for.”
In much of his speech, Trump touted his lowest unemployment rates, including among minority communities and blamed democratic policies for the condition of minority communities. Last month, the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, making it the lowest since 1969.
“The most new hires of prime working-age are minorities and women,” Trump remarked. “The African American poverty rate has reached its lowest level in the history of our country.”
Earlier this year, Trump was scrutinized for retweeting a tweet written by comedian and conservative activist, Terrence Williams. The tweet referred to Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious death as part of the “Clinton body count” conspiracy.
Williams’ tweet said, “Died of SUICIDE on 24/7 SUICIDE WATCH? Yeah right! How does that happen #JeffreyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. I see #TrumpBodyCount trending but we know who did this! RT if you’re not Suprised #EpsteinSuicide #ClintonBodyCount #ClintonCrimeFamily”
Trump invited Williams on stage and Williams took full advantage of the spotlight.
“I love President Donald J. Trump!” he exclaimed. “The media is attacking our president, so they are attacking me.”
In a remarkably unexpected moment, minutes before Trump left the room, a young attendee from Ethiopia, Mahalet Krauses, shouted “Mr. President! Can I pray for you?”
In her prayer, Krauses prayed over Trump and the summit, asking God to protect them and thanked the president for “waking up our nation.” Black Leadership Summit is held annually by Turning Point USA.