Steve Bannon, a former White House aide and past executive chairman of Breitbart News, recently asserted that Martin Luther King Jr. would be “proud” of President Trump.
In an interview with BBC’s ‘Newsnight,’ Bannon said, “Martin Luther King would be proud of him — what he’s done for the black and Hispanic community for jobs.”
“His economic policies to black — by the way, it’s the lowest unemployment in recorded history…Look at the unemployment we had in the black community five years ago,” Bannon further commented.
While the statements about unemployment statistics aren’t false, they are a bit misleading.
“Black unemployment fell fairly consistently from 2010 on, as did the rates for whites and Hispanics,” according to the Washington Post.
Recent declines include 1 percent in both 2017 and 2016, 1.9 percent in 2015, and 1.5 percent and 1.8 percent in 2014 and 2013, respectively.