Trump scolds reporter who tells him 80 percent of black voters think he's racist

Trump scolds reporter who tells him 80 percent of black voters think he's racist
President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, July 30, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Williamsburg, Va. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

President Donald Trump was not happy Tuesday when a reporter pointed out that a new poll found 80 percent of black voters think that he's racist.

"You know why? Because the fake news doesn't report it properly. People like you," he said, pointing to the reporter. "Fake news does not report it properly. If the news reportedly it properly — you know, the right way — like, instead of a statement like you just made — if the news reported it properly of all of the things I've done for African Americans, of all of things like, criminal justice reform, like opportunity zones."

The reporter protested, pointing out that the news has reported on criminal justice reform and opportunity zones. (While some groups have praised the First Step Act passed under Trump, others have argued it's "doomed to fail."  The effect of "opportunity zones" provision in the 2017 tax bill remains unclear, and it appears open to exploitation by wealthy people and corporations — including Trump's family.)

But Trump's argument itself made no sense. He claimed that his approval among black voters would be higher if the "fake news" covered him more favorably, but also that the poll showing that most black voters think he's racist is itself fake news.

"I think I do very well with the African-Americans, and I think I'm doing very well right now," he said.

Watch the clip below:

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