I told listeners to my radio program that you will know when things are changing for President Trump. It begins with Leftists admitting Trump truths. Truths like Trump makes Obama look like a child.
And that’s just what happened with CBS’ Major Garrett. Garrett lauded President Trump and his administration for making strides to help minority communities.
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In the roundtable discussion, Garrett named a number of the administration’s successes.
For example, he touted Trump’s funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Recall that one of the president’s first acts for HBCUs was to invite them to the White House, then provide additional funding to keep the institutions going.
The Undefeated wrote of Obama and HBCUs:
The relationship between the nation’s first black president and the nation’s historically black colleges and universities got off to a rocky start.
Just months after taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama did not push to renew a temporary $85 million pot of money earmarked for HBCUs by his Republican predecessor George W. Bush.
The move by the new president left many black college leaders indignant.
“Why is it that a recalcitrant Bush would do more for HBCUs than an ostensibly sympathetic Obama would?” wrote economist Julianne Malveaux, then president of North Carolina’s Bennett College.
The Obama administration was quick to point out that it had opted instead to put a larger sum into general grant programs that put more federal money into the coffers of the nation’s institutions of higher education — including HBCUs — while easing the financial burden on students.
Well Trump doesn’t need any clarifications, at least according to WUSA:
We went straight to the Department of Education and according to their records, Trump gave the most to historically black institutions for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Obama held that record back in 2010.
But in 2018, Trump appropriated more than three hundred and sixty million dollars–thirty two million more than Obama. So we can verify, Trump has spent more than any other president on HBCUs.
Politico offered a scathing rebuke of Obama, writing:
OBAMA GETS MOSTLY FAILING GRADES FROM HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES: On the eve of his commencement address at Howard University on Saturday, President Barack Obama continues to get poor marks from many leaders of the nation’s 100-plus historically black colleges and universities. And he’s running out of time to change their perception. They say the Ivy League-educated, professorial president has shown scant understanding of the challenges their schools face, and charge he has kept them at arm’s length during his presidency. “Giving a speech at the end of an eight-year term during [which] the schools were permanently damaged doesn’t make up for it,” said Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that advocates for HBCUs.
Many blacks feel this way about Obama, whether they admit it or not.
Next, Garrett mentioned the passage of the First Step Act. Again, another legislative effort Obama overlooked.
The First Step focuses on helping inmates reenter society and slow the recidivism rate. Garrett commented:
“It can be fairly said that this administration, because of President Trump’s quiet prodding, has done quite a bit for funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The FIRST STEP Act, which was a massive first step towards criminal justice reform…”
But Trump didn’t pass just the First Step Act, he passed the Second Chance Act. Garrett alludes to this act, saying
“Just a couple weeks ago in this newly-signed defense bill there is a law that says if you are seeking work for the federal government or any contractor, you don’t have to be asked – and you can’t be asked – about your criminal history until right toward the end. That’s a significant change long sought by criminal justice advocates. Plus opportunities owned in the tax bill directed at communities of color.”
Garrett concluded his comments by saying:
“That is a legacy, on the agenda side, that almost any president after three years, would want to claim.”
In the case of Obama, he accomplished nothing for blacks after two terms. Expect to hear more and more media people admitting this, while extolling the virtues of Trump.
The end nears for Trump naysayers.