Former Nashville mayoral candidate Carol Swain is one of 35 and counting African-Americans involved with a new initiative to share stories about U.S. Republican President Donald Trump and his accomplishments.
The initiative, called Black Voices for Trump, launched Friday in Atlanta.
The event featured Ben Carson and Senior Advisor Katrina Pierson, who both emphasized the administration’s policies that have empowered African American communities across the country. Black Voices for Trump is comprised of black business owners, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, veterans, educators, activists and patriots, according to a press release.
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Swain told The Tennessee Star Friday that as part of this initiative she will talk to as many different people as possible, and not just black people.
“I think President Trump has accomplished far more than the average American knows because so much of the press about him is negative. It does not give fair credit for the things he has accomplished in the midst of turmoil,” Swain said.
“The president has given more than $100 million to historically black colleges and universities, some of which would have closed their doors had it not been for the president’s support. The president’s administration got through criminal justice reform that has benefitted black Americans more than any other group. The black unemployment rate is at its lowest level ever, and it’s particularly impacting black teens because their unemployment rate has been astronomical. If you look at the black unemployment rate it’s just been a steady decline, so there are more black people working today than ever before.”
Leading the Board of Advisors as co-chairs are: Herman Cain of Georgia, Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway of North Carolina, Rochelle “Silk” Richardson of North Carolina and Pastor Darrell Scott of Ohio.
Other key members include Elbert Guillory of Louisiana, Niger Innis of Nevada, and Stacey Dash of Florida.
Swain said people unfairly malign Trump as a racist and a white nationalist.
“If you look at the president’s life, he was a Democrat, but no one accused him of racism until he became a Republican. After he became president then he’s (supposedly) a racist, even though the NAACP has given him an award at one point and he was supported by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and many other black leaders,” Swain said.
“Trump had a close relationship with them until he became a threat as a Republican president.”
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