In this Majority Report clip, we continue to pick apart Donald Trump’s ego-filled State of the Union address, this time focusing on his boasting that, because of him, black unemployment is lower than ever. It is, but not because of him.
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—DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL campaign, Donald Trump’s pitch to the black community was direct: “What the hell do you have to lose?”
On Tuesday night, he stood before the nation and boasted about the lowest unemployment rate on record for African-Americans. But just hours before his State of the Union address, his lieutenant and handpicked head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, told staff in an email that he was seizing control of the unit responsible for policing anti-lending-discrimination laws.
CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney, in a previously unreported move, said that he would be putting the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, or OFLEO, under his direct control, startling consumer protection and civil rights advocates, and raising concerns that the office would be unable to carry out its mission — and that, indeed, that was the very purpose of the shift.—