N.C. Congressman G.K. Butterfield says Donald Trump’s comment about black communities Tuesday shows he “missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow.”
Butterfield, a Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton, issued a statement criticizing the claim Trump made during a rally in Kenansville, a small town in Duplin County named for James Kenan, who used slaves on his plantation.
“We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever,” Trump told a mostly white crowd at the rally.
A few hours later, Clinton’s campaign sent out a response from Butterfield, who is black.
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“This evening in North Carolina, Donald Trump continued what has been a disgraceful series of insults toward the African-American community – and to the hearts and minds of all Americans,” Butterfield said. “As President Obama reflected this weekend, he said, Donald Trump ‘missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow.’
“It is true. From saying African-Americans are in the ‘worst shape’ ever to promoting racist conspiracy theories like birtherism, Donald Trump has shown clearly his ignorance.”