Congressional Black Caucus Member Schools Trump on the Group He'd 'Love to Meet With'
President Trump's news conference Thursday was riddled with weirdness, including the moment he called on veteran White House correspondent April Ryan to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.
"When you say the inner cities, are you going—are you going to include the CBC, Mr. President, in your conversations?"
"Am I going to include who?" Trump asked.
"Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus?" Ryan repeated.
"Well, I would," Trump told her. "I tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?"
"I'm just a reporter," she informed him.
On Friday, after interviewing an understandably appalled Ryan, MSNBC hosts also spoke with CBC member Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) who gave a much-needed takedown of Trump's performance.
"When I heard him [Trump] say, 'Do you know them?'—as if we were some abstract group, 'Are they your friends?'—here's some facts we need to know about the Black Caucus," Lawrence opened.
"There are 49 members of the Black Caucus; we represent almost 80 million people in America, and 17 million of those 80 are African Americans," she explained. "So if you're going to have a dialog or talk about African Americans, it would seem that you would talk to the people who directly can give you advice and advise you and and really give you the concerns and issues in the black community."
The CBC attempted to meet with Trump nearly a month ago, which they reminded him via Twitter:
Hi, @realDonaldTrump. We’re the CBC. We sent you a letter on January 19, but you never wrote us back. Sad! Letter: https://t.co/58KiuHmITF— The Black Caucus (@The Black Caucus)1487274664.0
"Another thing that's very telling," Lawrence added, "is [Trump] speaks about us as if we are all just one suffering, depressed group; you know, the facts are 39 percent of African Americans live in suburbs and 25 percent live in rural America, so when you talk about the African-American community, we don't all live in one condition."
According to Trump, that condition is hell.