WaPo: Trump Told Aides Black Americans Suffer Inequality Due To Laziness
The Washington Post reports that current and former U.S. officials say President Trump believes Black Americans have struggled to attain equality due primarily to their own lack of initiative rather than societal obstacles.
In unguarded moments with senior aides, President Trump has maintained that Black Americans have mainly themselves to blame in their struggle for equality, hindered more by lack of initiative than societal impediments, according to current and former U.S. officials.
- The Post also reported that some administration officials argue that Trump is not racist and only seeks to exploit societal divisions when he thinks there is a political advantage.
- One former senior official told The Post: “I don’t think Donald Trump is in any way a white supremacist, a neo-Nazi or anything of the sort. But I think he has a general awareness that one component of his base includes factions that trend in that direction.”
- When called out on his views, Trump reportedly would become indignant: “He would say, ‘No one loves Black people more than me,’” a former senior official told The Post.
- The Post also reported that Trump has made disparaging remarks about Jewish people.
After phone calls with Jewish lawmakers, Trump has muttered that Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” in an ethnic allegiance that exceeds other loyalties, officials said.