President Donald Trump Thursday said rapper Kanye West's supportive tweets on Wednesday were likely sparked by the growing employment rates being seen in the black and Hispanic communities.
"I get along with Kanye," Trump told Fox News' "Fox and Friends," during a wide-ranging, half hour long telephone interview.
"I get along with a lot of people frankly, but Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it's been in the history of our country, okay? He sees Hispanic unemployment at the lowest it's been in the history of our country. He sees, by the way, female unemployment, women unemployment, the lowest it's been in now almost 19 years."
West is "smart," added the president, and he says "'Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did.'"
If Democrats got back into power and and started putting back rules and regulations, "where you can't breathe, where businesses go out of business, our country would be in big trouble," said Trump. "Had I not gotten elected, Hillary [Clinton] would have come in and she would have added more rules and regulations we would have been out of business because you saw was happening. We were going down."
Trump said he also believes black votes are returning to the Republican Party.
"People don't realize, if you go back to the Civil War…[Abraham] Lincoln was a Republican," said Trump. "Somehow it changed over the years and I will say, I really believe it's changing back. Remember I was going to get no black votes? I was going to get none? I got a lot, I got a lot of support. I should have gotten much more."
The president pointed out that he would go to stadiums during his election bid and "talk about the African-American vote. I said the education is not good. The, obviously the law enforcement in your community, the crime is at levels nobody has ever seen before. I would go through seven, 10 stats. I would say vote for me. What do you have to lose?"
And now, "crime is way down, and really importantly, the unemployment picture is the best it's been in the history of our country for African-Americans."
Meanwhile, Trump said his administration has "tremendous support," and "we have tremendous fans. If ever called for at that rally in Washington, D.C., we would have millions of people coming into Washington because they love what's happening. When I see Kanye sticking to his guns and there are others, there are plenty of others, sticking to their guns."
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