President Donald Trump told Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner on Friday that he has done more for the black community than any other president besides Abraham Lincoln, adding that while “[Lincoln] did good, although it’s always questionable.”
“I think I’ve done more for the black community than any other president—and let’s take a pass on Abraham Lincoln because he did good although it’s always questionable, you know in other words the end result,” Trump told Faulkner, who is a black woman.
Faulker stopped the president to point out that black Americans “are free now.”
“Well, we are free, Mr. President,” she said, to which Trump replied, “You understand what I mean. So I’m going to take a pass on Honest Abe, as we call him,” and did not appear to clarify what was “questionable” about Lincoln.
Trump: I think I’ve done more for the black community than any other President and let’s take a pass on Abraham Lincoln because he did good but although it’s always questionable, you know in other words the end result
Harris: Well we are free Mr. President pic.twitter.com/advWPuSKwv
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 12, 2020
Trump also denied that planning his first big campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic started on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma was an intentional racist dog whistle, but instead views it as a “celebration.”
“Don’t think about it as an inconvenience, think about it as a celebration,” he said. “It wasn’t done for that reason, but it’s an interesting date.”