He says he has improved their standard of living….
The Washington Post fact checking people go over his claim….
His view seems only have true…
“What do you have to lose?” was the question then-candidate Trump regularly posed to minority voters. Speaking directly to Hispanic and African American voters who tend to lean Democratic, his argument was simple: Democrats had not succeeded in advancing your economic prospects — so why not give Republicans a shot?
Fast-forward two years. Now president, Trump claims he has been successful. As evidence, he points to the “lowest [poverty] rate ever,” an “all-time high” median income and booming homeownership rates for Hispanics and African Americans.
Regular readers of The Fact Checker know we tend to award Two Pinocchios to anyone who gives sole credit to a president for the state of the economy. That’s because the U.S. economy is complex, and the decisions of companies and consumers often loom larger than the acts of government officials. The economy is doing well, and, as we’ve previously reported, many of the positive trends started before Trump took office.
But Trump’s claim here is more specific. Have his policies had an outsize impact for African American and Hispanic communities compared with the country overall?…..
The president cited six statistics: median income, homeownership rates and poverty rate for both African Americans and Hispanics. In each case, he claimed there had been marked improvement since he took office. Only three of those statistics were numerically accurate. And in each of those cases — Hispanic American median income and the poverty rate for both African Americans and Hispanic Americans — the underlying economic trends started well before Trump took office. Plus, experts say his tax cut had yet to filter into available data.
The president is often eager to prove his economic might. But he should be more careful when promoting success….