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Fox News Host Pushes Back After Trump Says Pres. Lincoln's Record with the Black Community Was 'Questionable'

Fox News Host Pushes Back After Trump Says Pres. Lincoln's Record with the Black Community Was 'Questionable'
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Conversations about race in the United States have been reinvigorated with protests against the murder of George Floyd by police and against the epidemic of police brutality against Black people in the country.

With President Donald Trump's approval rating in single digits among Black voters, the President is scrambling to make himself a viable candidate for people of color in the United States, despite his history of white supremacist dog whistles and his abundance of support among white nationalist circles.

The issue of race was a hot topic in Trump's recent interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner. Faulkner asked Trump about his infamous "When the looting starts, the shooting starts" tweet, as well as his maligned decision to hold his first rally in months in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Juneteenth—a day and location with immense Black historical significance.

Trump, as he often does, claimed that his administration has done more for Black Americans than any President in history—maybe even more than Lincoln.

Watch below.

Trump said:

"I think I've done more for the Black community than any other President. And let's take a pass on Abraham Lincoln, cause he did good—although, it's always questionable. In other words, the end result—"

Faulkner interjected:

"Well, we are free, Mr. President."

For those who may not know, Lincoln presided over the union during the Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation—an executive order which changed the legal status of 3.5 million African Americans from slave to free. Lincoln was crucial in crafting the 13th Amendment, which officially made slavery and involuntary servitude illegal—unless one is being punished for a crime.

Lincoln's part in emancipation is considered one of the most consequential events in American history.

Or, if you're Donald Trump, it's "questionable."

If anything was "questionable," it was the President's comments, and not Lincoln's legacy.

It's still unclear exactly what Trump meant, but whatever it is, it doesn't seem good.