Austin, TX – Today, as Vice President Joe Biden unveiled his plan to advance racial equity across the American economy, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson called out Donald Trump’s long record of broken promises to communities of color.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson issued the following statement:
“Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has waged war on communities of color and rolled back hard-won protections that generations before us fought and died for. So it’s no surprise that as coronavirus cases surge across Texas, Trump is parachuting in for a photo op while Black Americans and Latinos bear the burden of his failed pandemic response. Communities of color in Texas and across the country don’t need any more cheap political stunts, we need leadership in the White House that will fight racial disparities and inequality head on. That’s why we’ll reject Trump’s empty promises and elect Joe Biden in November.”
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Promise: “To those African Americans and Latinos suffering in our country, I say, very simply, what the hell do you have to lose? Vote for Donald Trump. I am going to fix it.” [Trump Campaign Rally, 10/4/16]
Reality: Trump failed to respond to the racial disparities being exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. Data shows that Black and Latinx communities have been disproportionately impacted during the pandemic. An NPR investigation found that in “four out of six of the largest cities in Texas, testing sites are disproportionately located in whiter neighborhoods.”
Reality: The Trump Administration’s scattershot approach to data collection has hampered an effective response to the crisis for communities of color. Even after legislative action sought to force the Trump Administration to improve data collection on racial disparities in coronavirus cases, it utterly failed to do so — and left states like Texas to fill in the gaps on our own.
Reality: Trump’s policies undercut efforts to expand affordable housing for communities of color, all while boosting banks and lenders. Analysis shows that the Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back disparate impact claims will make it harder to fight housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, while under Trump’s CFPB, fair lending enforcement orders against mortgage lenders has dropped off.
Reality: Trump’s budgets have called for steep cuts or the full elimination of the Minority Business Development Agency, a critical agency that helps promote the growth of businesses owned by people of color.
Promise: Trump: “I’m going to fight every day for the Latino communities, for the African American community.” [Trump Campaign Rally, 10/5/16]
Reality: Trump’s economic policies have failed to help close the racial wealth gap. In Texas, the median household income for Black families is $45,545 compared to $74,509 for white families.
Reality: Trump’s tax law hurt communities of color. Black and Latinx households were disproportionately left out of the benefits from Trump’s tax law in 2018. The average tax cut for Black households was less than a third of the average white household, while the average tax cut for Latinx households was less than half that of the average white household.