ABC News hosted a town hall with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night, called “20/20” event— “The President and the People” from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which was anchored by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
According to ABC News, President Trump was given the chance to take questions from uncommitted voters in a 90-minute special from the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
One interesting moment of the town hall occurred when a Black pastor, Carl Day, questioned Trump regarding his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
“You’ve coined the phrase Make America Great Again,” said Day, Raw Story reported. “When has America been great for African Americans in the ghetto of America? Are you aware of how tone-deaf that comes off to African American communities?”
Trump sidesteps the question by responding, “Well, I can say this. We have tremendous African-American support. You probably have seen it in the polls. We’re doing extremely well with African American, Hispanic-American, at levels that you’ve rarely seen a Republican have.”
To which Day says, “I mean, your statement is make it great again. “So, historically, the African American experience — especially in these ghettos that have been redlined, historically these ghettos that have systemically been set up and treated like they have been, the conditions of the drugs, the guns, and everything else that actually created the symptoms for what we see, that you profess to just be Democratic cities themselves — these things have historically been happening for African-Americans in these ghettos and we have not been seeing a change.”
“Well, I hope there’s not a race problem,” said Trump in response. “I can tell you, there’s none with me, because I have great respect for all races, for everybody. This country is great because of it. But when you go back six months and you take a look at what was happening, you can’t even compare that with past administrations.”
Watch the exchange below.