(Report) Trump Thought Only African-Americans Are Welfare Beneficiaries

President Donald Trump meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus in the Oval Office, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.The White House/Public Domain

White Americans are the biggest beneficiaries of programs like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

According to NBC News, during a March meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, President Donald Trump revealed his misconceptions about Americans who access the welfare system: they must be mostly black.

In the spring of 2017, the newly elected president met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. During that meeting, one of the members mentioned to Trump that welfare reform would be detrimental to her constituents— adding, “Not all of whom are black,” according to NBC News.

The president was incredulous. “Really? Then what are they?”

Were he not the president, one might forgive a Republican for believing welfare recipients are predominantly black, as the trope has been pushed steadily since the days of Ronald Reagan's "welfare queens".

But Trump is the president, so one might rather expect he know more about welfare statistics than just any old Republican.

The answer to the president's question is "white".

A primer:

  • White people without a college degree ages 18 to 64 are the largest class of adults lifted out of poverty by such programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
  • 6.2 million working-age whites were lifted above the poverty line in 2014 compared to 2.8 million blacks and 2.4 million Hispanics.
  • Just over 40 percent of SNAP recipients are white. Another 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American.