After Jay-Z said low black unemployment isn't the point -- it's about treating people like human beings -- Trump touted the nation's low black unemployment.
The music mogul was a guest on Van Jones' new CNN show, where he talked about race and racism in America. While he acknowledged that black unemployment is down (as unemployment is down overall) right now, he still had issues with the president's purported racism, exemplified by his alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations and Haiti, which Jay-Z described as "disappointing."
"You treat people like human beings. That's the main point," Jay-Z said. "It goes back to the whole thing -- 'Treat me really bad and pay me well.' It's not going to lead to happiness." He said it's not about money, and saying it is misses the whole point. "Money doesn't equate to happiness."
Shortly after "Fox & Friends" aired a segment of the interview, Trump clapped back on Twitter. As usual, the social media platform was divided as Trump's supporters applauded him while the president's critics questioned why he remained silence when Eminem and other white critics called him out.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Trump clearly didn't see the whole interview, as his tweet actually fed into Jay-Z's argument. Trump touted the record low black unemployment, right after Jay-Z said focusing on employment misses the larger point entirely. But Jay-Z doesn't need to jump back into the fray. Twitter totally has his back. Here are some of the best responses to Trump's Jay-Z clapback.
Let's start with Van Jones, shall we?
Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump’s presidency. And Jay’s answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL !!! ... Watch the VIDEO for yourself: https://t.co/7Sv3rHKkmW https://t.co/jbHpkKOM5o— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 28, 2018
Eminem said vastly worse things about you the other day.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 28, 2018
You haven't responded. I wonder what the difference between he (left) and Jay-Z is... pic.twitter.com/Jbe0vhU6rO
Eminem has been criticizing Trump for months, Trump has never responded.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 28, 2018
Interesting to see Trump respond to Jay-Z in less than 24-hours. https://t.co/8wLUY9maWM
When your President responds to Jay-Z faster than he responds to a school shooting leaving two teens dead...— Niki Jones (@NikiEyes) January 28, 2018
You never responded to Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr or even Eminem but when it's Jay-Z, your nasty twitter finger in on full itch. What possibly could be the difference....— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) January 28, 2018
Fox & Friends talked about Jay-Z's appearance on Van Jones' show last night, thus the Trump tweet.— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 28, 2018
It's still baffles me how Eminem had a WHOLE diss track towards trump and this guy didn't tweet shit. But Jay-Z has one interview and now you want to go off. Noted.— Dimeji Babalola (@dimejibabalola) January 28, 2018
Forget Jay-Z and focus on the spin. Black unemployment has been declining since 2010 at a steady rate, but less jobs were created in 2017 than the past 6 years.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) January 28, 2018
And, at 6.8%, Black unemployment is nearly twice the rate of white people, at 3.7%.
Trump has done nothing.
Donald Trump has attacked:— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 28, 2018
Colin Kaepernick who is black.
Frederica Wilson who is black.
Lavar Bell who is black.
Steph Curry who is black.
Jemele Hill who is black.
Jay-Z who is black.
It's like there's some sort of pattern.
Trump: “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”— Yoncé Hub (@theyoncehub) January 28, 2018
Eminem, white guy, literally said a turd would make a better president than Trump. No response from Trump.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 28, 2018
Jay-Z, black guy, thoughtfully responds to Trump's racist characterization of Africa and Haiti as "shithole" countries. Trump responds by doubling down on his racism. https://t.co/nWytVnTaqv
Jay-Z has reached the final boss of rap beef https://t.co/bFEvscCsVB— . (@WizzyDizzymite) January 28, 2018
how can Eminem release a whole diss track towards trump and trump wasn’t bothered. But Jay-Z has one interview and Trump gets mad. Damn pic.twitter.com/crIFyfxV8t— luisa (@luisagibsonxo) January 28, 2018
Jay-Z and Donald Trump have only one thing in common. They both cheated on their wives. The difference is that Jay-Z is apologetic and tries to fix things, while President Trump resorts to forced hand holding and $130K bribes.— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) January 28, 2018
Two days until a guy who said we need more whites (Norwegians) and fewer brown and black people (“shithole countries”)...AND started some twitter beef with Jay-Z is declared “very presidential” after reading a speech.— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) January 28, 2018
Eminem: *disses Trump*— I'm the Brightest Silver Lining #DYECB (@TASKvsTheWorld) January 28, 2018
Jay-Z: *simply critiques Trump in a discussion*
Add Jay-Z to the list of black people Trump has picked a fight with.— Millennial Politics (@MillenPolitics) January 28, 2018
Eminem has been talking shit for months, but Trump remained silent.
What could be different? 🤔 https://t.co/Im3EbxWMjg
Trump ain't said shit to Eminem yet but he coming for Jay-Z. His methods are clearly calculated, attack the blacks and minorities— ItsReece (@ReeceDontTweet) January 28, 2018
Eminem after seeing Trump respond to Jay-Z pic.twitter.com/OYrZggh9cm— laire (@laire) January 28, 2018
Eminem could have done his anti Trump cypher on the White House lawn and not gotten a response as fast as Jay-Z did— Quitter Fredette (@HaroldBingo) January 28, 2018
Funny, I don't remember Jay-z referencing "Black Unemployment".— HangRacismTee (@HangRacismTee) January 28, 2018
I also would love the specific details from Trump on how HE and HIS policies have lowered the "black unemployment"?