Former President Barack Obama tore into Jared Kushner, the son-in-law—and adviser—of President Trump Tuesday after he implied that Black Americans don’t want to be successful.
During an interview on Fox & Friends Monday morning, Kushner described racial inequality as “complaining” and suggested protesters who spent the summer fighting against systemic racism and police brutality were more interested in “virtue signaling” than solving issues.
“The thing we’ve seen in the Black community, which is mostly Democrat,” Kushner argued, “is that President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about, but he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.
At a drive-in rally in Florida on Tuesday, Obama took Kushner to task for his comments.
“[Kushner] says Black folks have to want to be successful,” Obama said at a drive-in rally in Orlando for Joe Biden, his former vice president and the Democratic presidential nominee. “Who are these folks? What history books do they read? Who do they talk to?”
Obama also went after Trump for lying about how much he’s done for Black Americans. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he’s done more for Black Americans than any other president since Abraham Lincoln, who dissolved the institution of slavery.
“He loves to talk about Black unemployment,” Obama said at the rally. “Unemployment was really high when I came in and we brought that unemployment low and it kept on going low and he wants to take credit for it.”
Obama has been on the campaign trail for the last two weeks endorsing his former Vice President Joe Biden. Obama has taken an almost joyous approach to the role, taking four years of quiet frustration out on Trump for his policies and actions.
Last week in Philadelphia, Obama held back zero punches in attacking the president for his coronavirus response, the economy, and failed attempts to denounce white supremacy.
“He hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work, or helping anybody but himself and his friends, or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention and by the way even then his TV ratings are down, so you know that upsets him,” the former president said to the sounds of clapping and horns honking.