President Donald Trump announced he has done more for the Black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.
While protests and riots are ongoing across the country citing racial bias in law enforcement, police brutality and racial inequality and injustice, Trump has repeatedly condemned the protesters.
However, his most recent statements took many by surprise.
Almost nothing. President John F. Kennedy pushed for the Civil Rights Act, which was eventually signed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Johnson also signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
You can dig through history and easily find someone who's done more than Trump, which isn't difficult since according to every objective assessment he's done almost nothing.
Any good Trump can be debated to have done for Black Americans—which most economists attribute to inheriting a strong economy on an upswing from President Barack Obama—is going to have to overcome the long history of racist acts by Trump.
In the 1970s, Trump was credibly accused of discriminating against Black people wanting to rent apartments from him. He settled out of court.
As a casino owner he made racist statements about Native Americans when he testified before Congress about Indian Gaming laws. And former casino employees stated he made racist statements about Black people who worked for him and would have Black employees taken off the floor for the optics.
He also pushed hard for the death penalty against the Central Park Five, four Black and one Latino teenager accused of attacking a New York City jogger. They were later exonerated with DNA evidence, but even in 2016, Trump still insisted they're guilty.
Even in his presidency, he hasn't stopped, saying of the White nationalists who rioted in Charlottesville in 2017 that they were "fine people."
He's tried since to defend these remarks to little success.
As the protests are ongoing, Trump has threatened military force against U.S. citizens to quell the unrest. He also tear-gassed a peaceful protestors for a photo op in front of a church.
It's possible he's feeling the squeeze of dealing with a pandemic, riots and the encroaching election that he's at risk of losing. But making such a provably false claim is bad even for him.