Fox News host Bill O’Reilly challenged Republican frontrunner Donald Trump Monday night on how he would create jobs for the black community, many of whom he said are “ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.”
After O’Reilly asked Trump how he would overcome the perception that he’s “a racial guy,” the candidate responded his economic message of bringing jobs back to the country appeals to black voters.
“The jobs have been taken out of the United States like we’re a bunch of babies,” Trump said. “I’m telling you, it’s an economic message. If you look at President Obama, he’s been a President for almost 8 years, it will be 8 years, you have with black youth, with African American youth, you have a 59 percent unemployment.”
“But how are you going to get jobs for them?” O’Reilly cut in. “Many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads, and I hate to be generalized about it, but it’s true. If you look at all the educational statistics, how are you going to get jobs for people who aren’t qualified for jobs?”
Trump replied, “We’re going to have Apple computers made in this country, not just…”
“But you have to have skills to make Apple computers,” O’Reilly interjected again.
“We will get the skills and we’ll develop the skills,” Trump replied, saying jobs are going to China and Mexico because of incompetent politicians.
“It’s more challenging for a poor child in Harlem without parental guidance in a school that’s falling apart than it is for some white kid out in Garden City,” O’Reilly pushed back. “You say you can bring jobs back, but if the kid isn’t qualified to do the job and can’t do the work. I mean, you’ve got to get into the infrastructure of the African-American community.”
“Well, it is true. It’s about education, but it’s also about spirit. A lot of people don’t have spirit,” Trump responded. “Not only African-Americans, they don’t have spirit in our country.”