Turning Point USA communications director Candace Owens tore into the idea that former President Barack Obama was better for African-Americans than President Donald Trump.
While appearing on Fox News on Thursday, Owens confronted an attorney who claimed that Obama didn’t fail and made “black America a focus.”
“He’s beating around the issue,” Owens told host Sean Hannity.
“Just admit that blacks are doing better under the Trump presidency,” Owens said. She added that “the numbers are in and blacks are doing better under his administration.” The panel was discussing, as Trump has repeatedly mentioned, the lower unemployment figures for African-Americans.
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She expressed her apparent frustration with African-Americans receiving the message that just because Obama met with rapper Jay-Z, he was helping them.
“For so long, we’ve been convinced, ‘Look, he’s taking a photo op with Beyonce and Jay-Z,'” she said. “That means absolutely nothing.”
Owens said it was important to show the differences under Trump’s and Obama’s administrations to dispel the false notion that a black president automatically meant progress.
“Progress is not a skin tone,” she argued. “Progress is a number,” she said before mentioning how Chicago’s crime situation got worse under Obama.
Rapper Kanye West, who said he liked Owens’ way of thinking, similarly mentioned how Obama didn’t improve Chicago’s situation:
Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
West caught a flurry of criticism this week after he threw his weight behind President Donald Trump, saying that “the mob can’t make me not love him.”
“Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community,” Trump said in a Friday tweet.
“Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades,” he added.
During her appearance on “Hannity,” Owens similarly said she expected a culture shift after West made his remarks.
“We are on the brink of a cultural shift, and I can tell you right now it is going to be amazing to watch,” she said.