On Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held a press briefing where many of the questions were directed to her about President Donald Trump’s comments in Ohio the previous day.
Trump criticized Democrats for not applauding certain parts of his State of the Union address, including when he mentioned black unemployment being down.
“They were like death and un-American,” he said. “I said you have the lowest black unemployment in the history of our country, it was like … it was a game, you know it’s a game. They play games. They were told don’t even make a facial movement.”
April Ryan asked Sanders about those comments:
“On the next piece, you said, ‘Treasonous was a joke.’ What about un-American? In Washington, over the years with the State of the Union, one side, be it if it’s a Democratic president, the Republicans do. If it is a Democratic president — you get it. If it is a Democratic president, Republicans say it. If it is a Republican president, Democrats do it. What is so un-American about this this year, after this been going on all these years?”
Sanders fired back and gave her a list:
“I think it is un-American not to be excited about the fact that more people in this country have jobs than they did before. The fact that more people in the country have higher wages than the did before. The fact that the economy is booming like it wasn’t before. The fact that ISIS is being crushed like it wasn’t before. These are things that I don’t care what party you’re from, these are things that every American should be excited about and be able to celebrate.”
Ryan then challenged her about the black unemployment rate jumping up recently, but Sanders shot her down again, saying, “It’s lower than it was, guys, it’s progress … Things are better today than they were a year ago.”
“The fact that any time the day before Americans’ lives are improving, that’s a good thing we should all be excited about, that we should all celebrate,” she said.
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