Comments made by rapper Jay-Z to Van Jones on CNN prompted a response from President Donald Trump on Twitter on Sunday.
Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) discussed a variety of topics on Jones’ show, including Trump’s controversial immigration comments and whether the president’s policies make it okay for him to speak harshly about minorities.
Here’s part of the exchange:
Jones: “Does he have a point, that maybe the Democrats have been giving us good lip service but no jobs? Maybe he’s going to say terrible things but put money in our pockets. Does that make him a good leader?”
Jay-Z: “No, because it’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings. That’s the main point. It goes back to the whole thing: ‘Treat me really bad and pay me well.’ It’s not going to lead to happiness, it’s going to lead to, again, the same thing. Everyone’s going to be sick.”
The rapper said the act of addressing racism on the surface rather than digging deep and fixing the source of the problem as leading to Trump’s presidency.
“You don’t take the trash out. You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable and then, you know, as those things grow, then you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug,” he said.
Jay-Z hinted a somewhat sympathetic view of Trump near the end of the interview, saying he believed something from Trump’s past made him the way he is now.
“Donald Trump is a human being too,” Jay-Z said. “Somewhere along his lineage, something happened to him. Something happened to him and he’s in pain and he’s expressing it in this sort of way.”
Trump responded to Jay-Z’s comments on Twitter.
“Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” Trump tweeted.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1517145512.0
Black unemployment dropped to 6.9 percent in December, beating the previous low of 7 percent in April 2000.
Jay-Z was aware of the unemployment rate, as Jones asked him about it during the Saturday interview.