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Donald Trump boasts he’s best president for black Americans ‘since Abraham Lincoln’

PRESIDENT Trump took to Twitter yesterday to boast that he's the best president for black Americans "since Abraham Lincoln".

The president compared his administration's work to that of Abraham Lincoln who freed black Americans from slavery.

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In a tweet posted yesterday, Donald Trump said: "My Admin has done more for the Black Community than any President since Abraham Lincoln.

"Passed Opportunity Zones with Sen. Tim Scott, guaranteed funding for HBCU's, School Choice, passed Criminal Justice Reform, lowest Black unemployment, poverty, and crime rates in history. ...AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, abolished slavery in 1863.

The abolitionist issued his Emancipation Proclamation that would make every slave free under the confederate government from January 1, 1863.


Yesterday's tweets weren't the first time Trump has compared himself to Lincoln.

At a coronavirus-themed Fox News Channel town hall at the Lincoln Memorial in early May, Trump indicated that he believed both he and Lincoln were treated badly by the press.

He said: "Look, I am greeted with a hostile press the likes of which no president has ever seen.

"The closest would be that gentleman right up there."

Mr. Floyd, a 46-year-old security worker, died under police custody after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.


In 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which was an executive order that changed the legal status under federal law of more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans in the Confederate states from slave to free.

Once a slave escaped the control of the Confederate government, they were permanently free.

When the civil war ended with a Union victory, it brought the proclamation into effect in all of the former Confederacy.

The remaining slaves, those not in the areas of revolt, were freed by state action or by the Thirteenth Amendment of the US Constitution.

Trump has used his social platform over the last number of days to call out demonstrators who have been protesting nationwide.

In one tweet he called protestors "THUGS" while on Friday he tweeted "when the looting starts the shooting starts", a 1960's-era phrase used by a racist Miami police chief.

Several hours later in person, President Trump told reporters how he had called Mr. Floyd's family members who were "terrific" while saying he was unaware that the phrase had racist origins.

He said: "But I don't know where it came from, I don't know where it originated."

On Monday the president said the "biggest victims" of rioting "are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities."

"I will fight to protect you", he said.

He then went on to say how he was a "president of law and order" and that he was " an ally of all peaceful protestors."

Playing out on a split-screen on news reports showed Black Lives Matter protestors and their allies, including local clergy, being attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Those at the scene reported it had been a peaceful protest until law enforcement acted.

Police cleared out the protestors in front of St John's church in order for the president to get a photo-op.

The church had its basement lit on fire briefly over the weekend when demonstrations turned violent.

In a symbolic gesture, the president held up a bible in front of the boarded-up church.

Yesterday Biden gave an address on the race where he called out Trump's racist language and the photo-op.

The Trump presidential campaign responded by sending out an email entitled, "Architect of Mass Incarceration, Joe Biden is A Race-Baiter Who Seeks to Sow Division".

The email pointed out some of Biden's gaffes and his role in the 1994 crime legislation, which has been blamed for the massive incarceration of black Americans.

Police use flash bangs, rubber bullets and batons to disperse protests surrounding White House before Donald Trump walks outside

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