Carl Day an African-American pastor pressed Donald Trump on his “Make America Great Again” slogan, calling it “tone-deaf” during Tuesday’s town hall hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia.
“When has America been great for African Americans in the ghetto of America?” Day said. “Are you aware of how tone-deaf that comes off to the African American community?”
Trump responded to pastor Day’s question by saying he has “tremendous” support among the African American community and he’s performing better with African-American than any other Republican candidate.
He also claimed that African Americans were doing well under his administration before the coronavirus pandemic.
“That was probably the highest point, homeownership for the Black community. Homeownership, lower crime, the best jobs they’ve ever had, highest income, the best employment numbers they’ve ever had,” Trump said.
On Wednesday, Day told CNN’s John Berman that Trump’s answer to the question was “laughable” and said it showed how Trump and others haven’t “journeyed through these inner cities of America” and been on the ground, talking to the people in these communities.
He said he supported Jill Stein in 2016 and remains undecided in 2020 because he is yet to hear either presidential candidate explain their plan for the inner city.