When Reporter Asks Trump About His Empathy For Racial Issues, Trump Repeatedly Changes The Subject
Category: News & PoliticsBy: john-russell • 4 weeks ago • 30 comments
Donald Trump was interviewed yesterday by a pro Trump news outlet, Sinclair Broadcasting. The interviewer repeatedly tries to get Trump to express empathy for victims of racism, but Trump would rather talk about China.
From a transcript of President Trump's interview with Sinclair Broadcasting , June 17 2020
Scott Thuman (Sinclair) : I want to begin by talking about race relations. A nd I'm curious, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, and then, of course, Raychard Brooks. Some people worry that the tensions and situation are actually getting worse than better, and in a time of crisis, people traditionally look to a President to set the tone. Do you think that you should be even more empathetic? And if you combine that with your executive order, that would help more to unify the country?
President Trump : Well, I think what happened and you see it better than maybe anybody, frankly, is that we were doing phenomenally well, the economy was great, jobs were great, best unemployment rates we've ever had for African American, for Hispanic, for Asian, for women, for everybody, and it was great. And then, we got hit with the Chinese virus and it was a whole different thing. We had to close down and we had to say, now we're starting all over again. We're doing very well with COVID or whatever you want to call it. It's got many different names but the disease that came over from China, and now, we have to start again, and we are starting again. We had tremendous numbers yesterday. We had tremendous job numbers two weeks ago. And I think really if you go back three months to where, you know, just before we closed it, African-American job numbers were the best that we've had ever in the history of our country. I passed criminal justice reform, which nobody could get, President Obama couldn't get it. I don't know if he tried to get it, but he certainly didn't get it or it didn't come close. Opportunities Zones, historically black colleges and universities. I got them funded for a long term --
Scott Thuman : Do you think you need to sound more empathetic?
President Trump : Well, I think what I have to do is get jobs back. I mean, if you want to know the truth, I do. I am empathetic. I met with some of the greatest people yesterday. Parents of -- of young men and women who were, in some cases, accidentally and other cases, who knows about accidents, right? But, children that were killed and it was a very sad thing. No, I -- I feel tremendous sorrow and loss. At the same time, I have to get the economy going again and I'll do that. It's already happening because when I get people's jobs back and I believe next year will be actually better than ever before.
Scott Thuman : Yeah. Because the -- is there one thing -- tell me one thing that you would do differently, personally on handling the race relations issues right now that everyone's so worried about.
President Trump : So, I think that tone is a very important thing and I try and have a very good tone, a very moderate tone, a very, sympathetic in some cases tone, but it's very important tone. I'm -- at the same time, fighting as hard as anybody can fight against China, against the European Union who are ripping us left and right.
Scott Thuman : But tone is one thing you would change ?
President Trump : I would say that if I could, I would do tone. But you have to understand, I need a different tone. I'm going from different tone to different tone. I'm fighting China and I'm fighting -- because China has been ripping off our country for 25 years, and we're doing great on that. But I have to say that, probably, if I could do anything, if I could have the time, if I had an extra 10 hours or 20 hours in a day, I would love to say tone. Yes.
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