“Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. (Can we all just take a moment to think about the fact that the president of the United States actually started a tweet with “Somebody please inform Jay-Z...”?)
Trump apparently didn’t hear all of Jay-Z’s remarks, because the rapper already said lowering unemployment among black Americans doesn’t make the president a good leader.
“It’s not about money at the end of the day,” the rapper said on the debut of CNN’s The Van Jones Show. “Money doesn’t equate to happiness. That’s missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings. That’s the main point.”
He also said that Trump’s racist remarks are the result of society trying to cover up racism, rather than address it head-on. “You don’t take care of the problem,” Jay-Z said. “You don’t take the trash out. You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. As those things grow, you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”
It’s also worth noting that Trump has only chosen to attack Jay-Z for his comments, not Eminem, who recently said a “fucking turd would have been better as a president.” This is yet another example of the president only going after black people in a way to harness white hostility toward people of color who speak out.
While it’s not really news that Trump is tweeting petty things about celebrities, it’s always good to check in and remind ourselves that none of this is normal and we shouldn’t become desensitized to any of it.
In other non-news, Trump recently told Piers Morgan he’s not a feminist. “No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist,” he said. “I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I’m for women, I’m for men, I’m for everyone.”
It should be a surprise to no one that a man who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women and bragged about grabbing pussies on TV doesn’t identify as a feminist.