WASHINGTONÂ â€” President Trump has a go-to response for rapper Jay-ZÂ and other critics of his behavior: Look at the economy.
Jay-Z appearsÂ to have drawn Trump’s attention by criticizing Trump’s reportedÂ referencesÂ to Haiti and AfricanÂ nationsÂ as â€œshithole” countries.
“Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it’s really hurtful because he’s looking down on a whole population of people and he’s so misinformed because these places have beautiful people,” he said on CNN’sÂ “The Van Jones Show,”Â which aired Saturday.
Sunday morning, Trump tweeted: “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
That prompted Jones to tweet that “someone needs toÂ inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trumpâ€™s presidency.”
Jay-Z’s response was:Â “It’s not about money.”
“You treat people like human beings. That’s the main point,” he said.
Trump was recently asked by British journalist Piers Morgan about women who think he’s a sexist pig. Trump responded that he won a lot of votes from women in 2016, and speculated he would do even better today because “women have the best unemployment numbers that they’ve had in 17 years.”
Trump has also bragged about the unemployment rate for Hispanics being close to a record low.
PolitiFact has said Trump’s numbers are accurate, but not his claim that his presidency is responsible while Democrats “did nothing.” Under the Obama administration, the unemployment rate for both groups fell by more than half, according to PolitiFact.
Similarly, NPR’s fact checkerÂ wrote the unemployment rates started falling long before Trump took office and don’t appear to have picked up speed under Trump.
“This implies that there’s nothing specific that Trump did to change this rate,” NPR wrote.