From telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries to attacking Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), a civil rights activist since the 1960s, President Donald Trump's racist tweets are disturbing Americans across the country.
Trump is currently on a days-long Twitter tirade against Cummings, calling him a "racist" and maligning his majority-black district in Baltimore, Maryland. The president called Baltimore "rat and rodent infested," claiming that "no human being would want to live there."
The communities of Baltimore and those supporting the city were quick to speak out against Trump's rhetoric, but Trump apparently didn't get the news.
While speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Trump claimed that the African American community called to thank him.
Yup. The whole community.
Trump claims the African-American community is calling him and thanking him for his racism https://t.co/eUkDTEM2pZ— Sarah Reese Jones (@Sarah Reese Jones) 1564498017.0
In case it wasn't obvious, this is completely false.
A recent Quinnipiac poll revealed that 80% of black Americans surveyed believe that Donald Trump is a racist.
New @QuinnipiacPoll: 51% of Americans say President Trump "is racist"; 45% say he's not. The breakdown, as always,… https://t.co/P3cwE5wYA2— Sahil Kapur (@Sahil Kapur) 1564496489.0
That same poll goes on to reveal that 66% of black Americans believe Democrats should launch impeachment proceedings and 67% of black Americans believe Trump's immigration policies are motivated by racist beliefs.
It went on to reveal that 89% of black Americans "definitely" won't vote for Trump in 2020.
In the latest Quinnipiac poll, released yesterday, 89% of black voters said they would "definitely" not vote to re-… https://t.co/4AXupiNmdm— Brad Heath (@Brad Heath) 1564496421.0
What's more, the African American community isn't a monolith, as Trump seems to believe.
"Mister President, African American community on line one... and sir, I think they're crying." https://t.co/cwi6Wtqbgf— Schooley (@Schooley) 1564496306.0
@atrupar The whole community. On one call. The VTC bridge must've been overloaded.— Thomas Arena (@Thomas Arena) 1564501842.0
@atrupar How’d they all manage it at once? That phone booth must have been packed.— Maritxu (@Maritxu) 1564499668.0
@Rschooley @gtconway3d So Mr. and Mrs. “African American Community” called you personally? I thought you only gave… https://t.co/Afoek5iyGP— Bob Lyons (@Bob Lyons) 1564501041.0
People had theories as to whom Trump considers to be the African-American community.
@atrupar @MariBXBKgirl I feel like by “African American Community” he just means these two lunatics... https://t.co/yPv4yBBPQP— Turk 182 (@Turk 182) 1564497733.0
@Rschooley @gtconway3d To him the African American community is Diamond and Silk.— David Hawley (@David Hawley) 1564496670.0
African American community is his nickname for Kanye west. https://t.co/QZuLM6OfjT— 3️⃣ (@3️⃣) 1564512192.0
@atrupar I'm pretty sure Candace Owens and Kimberly Klacik don't speak for the entire African American community. N… https://t.co/ks4Zh9ELYq— James Venes (@James Venes) 1564512574.0
Several of the community's members missed the conference call Trump must have been referring to.
@roper_93 He said the African American Community. That would sound like all of us. I sure didn’t.— Chrissy R (@Chrissy R) 1564512686.0
@nowthisnews "The African American community...has called me." I didn't get an invite to this phone conference. https://t.co/W9gJCRNanb— Abe Rokenman (@Abe Rokenman) 1564512223.0
As a member of the African American community, I am 100% sure I did not call. I also have zero plans to do so in th… https://t.co/d8ooMWJ5Vt— Dory Smith (@Dory Smith) 1564517893.0
Actions speak louder than words.
@maggieNYT Find all the people of color in this cabinet meeting. Not one of the 41 judges appointed to circuit cour… https://t.co/zEi8RGOiYz— Karen Collins (@Karen Collins) 1564511983.0