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‘Who are these folks?’ Obama criticizes Kushner for remarks about Blacks wanting success

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Speaking at a campaign rally on Tuesday for former Vice President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama criticized President Trump about his claims of lowering Black unemployment, as well as his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner for saying on Monday that Trump can’t want African Americans to “be successful more than they want to be successful.”

Video Transcript

BARACK OBAMA: He loves to talk about Black unemployment. "Look how low Black unemployment"-- Well, you know what, unemployment was really high when I came in and we brought that unemployment low, and it kept on going low. And he wants take credit for it. Says he's the best president for Black folks since Abe Lincoln.

[BOOS]

Man. Now his advisors are out there saying-- including his son-in-law-- his son-in-law says Black folks have to want to be successful. That's the problem.

Who are these folks? What history books do they read? Who do they talk to?

WOMAN: They don't read!

BARACK OBAMA: Don't read? Is that what is going on?

MAN: They don't read!

BARACK OBAMA: Black unemployment hit almost 17% during the Great Recession, 10 years ago. And through a lot of hard work, Joe Biden and I helped get it down.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

And it kept on going down. Not because Trump did anything.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

And then, this year, because they've screwed up the pandemic response, it soared back up to above 17% here in Florida. But it doesn't have to be that way, Florida, if you go out and vote.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

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