NFL Legend Jim Brown Oddly Praises Trump In New Interview, Trump Reacts
As Donald Trump continues what appears to be his I’m-not-racist-because-some-of-my-best-friends-are-Black public display of affection for his African American brethrens, yet another one has shown up for him. That would be NFL icon-turned actor, Jim Brown.
Jim Brown’s Trump Praise And Shunning Of Black Folks Opinion
Now, we’re not surprised by this one, due to Jim’s prior praise for the former reality show star-turned president. Nonetheless it’s still interesting that even now, the dude who once stood up for freedom of speech, equal opportunity and civil rights in the 1960s, is going to bat for a man who seemingly does not. At any rate, check out what Jim said in his latest interview on the syndicated show, JT The Brick Radio Show:
Via Yahoo: “I should be criticizing Trump on every level because he does certain things that call for criticism, but when I look at television I see all these announcers become experts and they’re pointing the fingers and they’re not doing a doggone thing but pointing their fingers, I find myself really pulling for the president,” Brown said. “Now, that would make me very unpopular in the black community, very unpopular with a lot of Americans … but I think that there are certain good things that are coming out of this presidency because we’ve never seen anything like it.”
Trump’s Praise Of Jim Brown
Of course Trump pounced all over the opportunity to attempt to confirm to his followers, that he’s loved by Black folks as well. On Monday morning, he immediately took to Twitter to thank Jim Brown for his support and to also take credit for the result of former president Barack Obama’s hard work:
“Thank you to the great @JimBrownNFL32, perhaps the greatest running back of all time, for your wonderful words and support. Since our meeting in New York, African-American UNEMPLOYMENT has reached the LOWEST LEVEL IN HISTORY. You get it!”
Thank you to the great @JimBrownNFL32, perhaps the greatest running back of all time, for your wonderful words and support. Since our meeting in New York, African-American UNEMPLOYMENT has reached the LOWEST LEVEL IN HISTORY. You get it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
In case you’re wondering why the current unemployment decline is NOT Trump’s doing, The Tylt breaks it down precisely:
…Experts argue it was Obama who successfully righted the American economy after the recession hit. The economic gains we’re currently seeing are all directly attributable to former President Obama’s efforts.
The current economic expansion just became the third-longest on record. The economy has been adding jobs every month for more than six years, the longest winning streak since World War II. And the federal budget deficit has sharply declined from a high of 9.8 percent of GDP in the middle of the Great Recession to a manageable 3.2 percent last year.
When it comes to job creation, the economy has been adding jobs for 78 months in a row. Saying Trump is responsible for the current economy is completely disingenuous—his main efforts have been to undo Obama’s legacy, many of which are directly responsible for the economic gains the U.S. is seeing.
Not Surprised By Jim Brown’s Trump Support
As previously mentioned, Jim Brown’s latest interview does not surprise me one bit. Why? Because ever since I first laid eyes on him standing with Trump outside of Trump Tower after Trump won the election, I knew right then and there, that the brotha’s past push for civil rights was long over.
Other reasons this doesn’t surprise me, are because it was just days earlier, that Jim was photographed hanging out with Trump’s other Black celebrity supporter, Kanye West.
And of course we can’t forget about the time Jim Brown spoke out against NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, for silently protesting against the inhumane treatment and killings of people of color. That’s the very thing Jim Brown fought for with Muhammad Ali in 1967. Wow.
Listen, we all have a right to support any politician our hearts desire, but that doesn’t make any one exempt from being called out over it, just sayin.’