Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” while commenting on race issues in America, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said, “Seems to me that everything that Donald Trump is saying and it’s too bad that the president is so glib about these issues.”
Partial transcript as follows:
STEPHANOPOULOS: You talked about Mr. Trump being out on the stump this week. One of the things he said this week is that African American communities are in the worst shape they’ve ever been.
President Obama responded in an interview with Robin Roberts.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I think even most 8-year olds will tell you, that whole slavery thing wasn’t very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn’t very good for black people.
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STEPHANOPOULOS: So are African American communities really in the worst shape they’ve ever been?
CONWAY: Seems to me that everything that Donald Trump is saying and it’s too bad that the president is so glib about these issues. But Donald Trump —
STEPHANOPOULOS: The president’s glib about race issues?
CONWAY: No, no, no. He was very –No, George, he was just very glib about what the — you know, calling — referring to an 8-year old. What Donald Trump is talking about in his speeches is bringing — is rebuilding the inner cities, is bringing more jobs there, is tackling full-on poverty and joblessness and homelessness in the inner cities and crime. I mean, there are 3,000 people have been shot in Chicago this year, 500 dead. And we’re not going to have a serious conversation about crime in the inner cities? And so I think that it’s very — I really applaud Donald Trump for having this conversation in and about the inner cities. He went to a black church in Detroit several weeks ago, taking his case directly to the people. You don’t see many Republican candidates do that, particularly when they’re running for president. So I appreciate the fact that President Obama has his perspective. But I think Donald Trump should also be applauded for actually trying to make a difference in these communities.
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