Black lawmakers are clapping back at Donald Trump’s remark that funding black colleges and universities is “unconstitutional,” saying that it is “stunningly careless and divisive.”
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver tweeted: “Dear @RealDonaldTrump, hire some new lawyers if you think banning Muslims is constitutional and funding black colleges is unconstitutional.”
Dear @realDonaldTrump, hire some new lawyers if you think banning muslims is constitutional and funding black colleges is unconstitutional.
— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) May 6, 2017
Top judiciary Democrat Rep. John Conyers (MI) and chair of the Black Congressional Caucus Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA) issued a joint statement slamming Trump’s comments:
“In a signing statement issued on May 5th concerning the omnibus spending bill, Donald Trump indicated he may no longer fund a decades old program that helps finance construction projects for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, asserting they “allocate benefits on the basis of race, ethnicity, and gender,” and that his administration would treat those programs “in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the law under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.”’”
Conyers and Richmond’s statement:
“In his signing statement on the Omnibus appropriations bill, Trump signaled that he may not implement construction funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities due to supposed constitutional concerns. Trump’s statement is not only misinformed factually, it is not grounded in any serious constitutional analysis. For a President who pledged to reach out to African-Americans and other minorities, this statement is stunningly careless and divisive. We urge him to reconsider immediately.”
Let’s be clear, Donald Trump doesn’t know what’s in the Constitution. He’s never read it. His talking points are coming from people around him such as Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon, two members of the alt-right movement.