Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump’s presidency. And Jay’s answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL !!! ... Watch the VIDEO for yourself: https://t.co/7Sv3rHKkmW https://t.co/jbHpkKOM5o— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 28, 2018
This isn't the first time JAY-Z has been outspoken on political and social issues. JAY-Z has been an outspoken advocate for years. In the last year alone, he addressed the violence of mass incarceration, told a young girl she could become president after he endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and supported Colin Kaepernick's protest against police brutality and inequality. His album 4:44 discusses issues of race in America, and he has penned editorials for the New York Times regarding the issues he is working on.
But throughout these political actions, JAY-Z hasn't publicly caught the eye of the president. Until Sunday morning, when Donald Trump reacted (predictably) with a tweet about the CNN segment. The tweet can be seen below.
Van Jones pointed out that the President's tweet was redundant, because the issue of black unemployment rates had been discussed by JAY-Z on the show. JAY-Z pointed out that those figures weren't enough to redeem Donald Trump in his eyes. "Everyone's going to be sick."
Other Twitter users were quick to clown the president as well, pointing out the multiple ways in which he was incorrect. For starters, the policies Donald Trump is referring to began under Barack Obama.
Check out the best tweets below and watch JAY-Z speak about the issue above.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Forget Jay-Z and focus on the spin. Black unemployment has been declining since 2010 at a steady rate, but less jobs were created in 2017 than the past 6 years.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 28, 2018
And, at 6.8%, Black unemployment is nearly twice the rate of white people, at 3.7%.
Trump has done nothing.
I love that trump is so intimidated by Jay-Z but he’s a quarter degree away from insulting Bey and he does not want it with us 🐝— Robin Thede (@robinthede) January 28, 2018
A little context for this Trump/Jay-Z thing: Trump had a lot of hip hop mogul friends in NY (Puffy, Russell, etc), but Jay-Z was never one of them. Take that however you want…— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 28, 2018
Black unemployment is at a record low. But there's a lot more to the story... Like taking a look at cities where the unemployment rate is 3-5x hire than the national rate for Blacks... Or the implicit racism that exists in hiring... Or the lack of access https://t.co/O59frh71im— N. Tinson-Johnson (@Nikki_T) January 28, 2018