Black Pastor Goes Toe-To-Toe With Donald Trump During Town Hall
By Ryan Shepard
September 16, 2020
Philadelphia-area Pastor Carl Day was anything but timid during an exchange with President Donald Trump during a televised town hall in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Stepping to the podium midway through the event, Day asked the President about his infamous campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." He referred to the phrase as "tone-deaf" and described it as something that Black Americans "can't identify with."
“You’ve coined the phrase ‘Make America Great Again.’ When has America been great for African-Americans in the ghetto of America? Are you aware of how tone-deaf that comes off to the African-American community?”
Answering the question, Trump pointed toward his approval numbers. The President also said that prior to the pandemic Black Americans were experiencing “the best single moment" in United States history.
Day quickly fired back and told the President that Black Americans have never experienced a "great" period due to redlining, income equality and other structures commonly associated with systemic racism. He ended by letting Trump know that he felt that the President failed to address issues of race within the country.
“Well, I hope there’s not a race problem," Trump answered.
Day's response to Trump did not end at the ABC led town hall. He would later appear on CNN to discuss the matter further.
"He tap danced around it," Day told CNN anchor Don Lemon.
"He couldn't really give an answer because there is no answer to it."
Day was one of a dozen undecided voters who attend Tuesday's town hall. While the Philadelphia-area pastor did not say who he is voting for in November's election, he did say that it would not be Donald Trump.
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