U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina had strong words for Republican Donald Trump in his speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening.
Butterfield, who represents Durham and a large swath of northeastern North Carolina, spoke in his role as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, leading a series of short speeches from other members of the caucus. He addressed Trump directly in his speech.
“Donald J. Trump, you are not qualified to serve as president of the United States,” Butterfield said. “Instead of putting forth details to address income equality and opportunity for everyday Americans, you use your celebrity status to paint a picture of gloom and doom. You use your status to alienate African-Americans and other groups, and you would use the office of president to take our great nation in the wrong direction.”
Butterfield argued that Trump has “no plan” to address problems affecting the black community, including those related to voting rights, gun violence, higher education and the minimum wage. And he took aim at Trump’s business experience, something the billionaire frequently boasts about.
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“You want to know why your polling numbers are so dismal among African-Americans?” he said. “We know you have gotten rich through your business, but we also know your wealth has come at the expense of other people.”