Secretary of HUD Ben Carson and other black leaders held a roundtable Wednesday with President Donald Trump on race relations. Participants included Pastor Darrell Scott, Wayne Dupree, Republican strategist Raynard Jackson, Sonnie Johnson, Ja'ron Smith, and Kareem Lanier.
"You got radical liberal journalists like Joy Reid from MSNBC, Don Lemon from CNN, Roland Martin, who are putting more poison into the black community than any drug dealer, who are killing more black folks that any white person with a sheet over their face. How they doing it? Spreading lies about the economy you have Mr. President before the virus was a continuation of Obama. That’s factually not true," Jackson said at the Wednesday meeting.
RAYNARD JACKSON: My name is Raynard Jackson. Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Darrell, for inviting us to this roundtable here. I'm from St. Louis originally, live here in Virginia. But what I'd like to say to you, Mr. President, is kind of off the beaten path.
I like to say to all the media assembled here, that I wish they would quit lying about what you’ve done specifically for the black community. So you got radical liberal journalists like Joy Reid from MSNBC, Don Lemon from CNN, Roland Martin, who are putting more poison into the black community than any drug dealer, who are killing more black folks that any white person with a sheet over their face. How they doing it? Spreading lies about the economy you have Mr. President before the virus was a continuation of Obama. That’s factually not true.
I have a degree in accounting. I keep up with the economy. They're lying. So to all these folks on MSNBC, CNN, Roland Martin, what are you afraid to have real black Republicans who know what the hell they're talking about? If you want to know the truth, if you want us to dissect the Obama economy, let's do it, and I think Mr. President, your record would win the debate. Thank you.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much. And it's interesting you say that, but you go down a list of criminal justice reform and all of the things we've done, opportunity zones, the best unemployment rate in the history just before the plague came in from China. I think it's going to be back in again a lot sooner than people think. I think last week was a reflection of that. The jobs numbers but you look at all of the things we have done, we have now worked on prison reform, so important and so many other things that when you look at the economics, when you look at how well the black community has been doing under this administration nobody has done anything like we have done and a big thing is criminal justice reform. I keep hearing about criminal justice reform and then everyone is trying to take the credit and that one I will say we will take the full credit because they couldn't have done it without us. I'm not sure frankly that the previous administration tried. They may have but they certainly couldn't get it done and the people that came into my office really, really asking very nicely for help, these are not people that are supporters of mine but once we got it they took the full credit for themselves and that is okay too but we got done criminal justice reform and all of the other things. I--I think that one of the elements that people aren't talking about are the opportunity zones that we did with a great senator, your friend from South Carolina, right? We did it with Tim and it was his idea and it was a big idea, it was a bold idea and it has worked much better than at our wild--in our wildest dreams we couldn't have thought that that was going to happen. So we did many, many things and we are going to continue to do many things.