White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders used bogus black employment numbers to attack former President Obama in an effort to deflect questions about President Donald Trump’s alleged use of the N-word.
Sanders told NBC News reporter Kristin Welker that she “can’t guarantee” that Trump has not used the racist remark, and then quickly changed the topic to black employment, which had nothing to do with Welker’s question:
This president since he took office in the year-and-a-half that he’s been here has created 700,000 new jobs for African Americans.
That’s 700,000 African Americans that are working now that weren’t working when this president took office. When President Obama left after eight years in office, eight years in office he had only created 195,000 jobs for African Americans.
President Trump in his first year-and-a-half has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years.
ThinkProgress notes that the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Sanders was using bogus numbers to attack Obama:
[T]here were 15.48 million African Americans employed in January 2009, when Obama took office, and 18.49 million employed when he left office in January 2017. That’s 2.96 million jobs created, not 195,000 as Huckabee Sanders stated on Tuesday.