Author Jerome Hudson: The media doesn’t want you to know how black Americans have benefited from Trump

A new book by black author Jerome Hudson details how black Americans have benefited from Trump’s presidency.

In “50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump,” Hudson, who is also an editor for Breitbart, describes five ways that President Trump’s policies have helped black Americans.

Hudson points out that under Trump’s presidency, the number of new businesses owned by black women reached a record high in 2018 and 2019:

“The average number of new women-owned businesses opened per day reached a record level in 2018, surging to 1,821. The number held steady in 2019, a year that saw an average of 1,817 businesses owned by women open per day.

“The data derives from U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners and was part of the annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express. A woman-owned business is defined as any firm that is ‘at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one or more females,’ American Express explains.

“No group saw more business start-ups under President Trump than black women.

“New businesses owned by black women represented the highest rate of growth of any group in the number of new firms between 2018 and 2019. Indeed, black women accounted for 42 percent of net new women business owners, in 2019 which is three times their share of the female population.

“A dizzying irony? The very subgroup of voters who were among those who supported President Trump’s election the least have in this instance benefited from his economic policies the most.”

Next, under Trump, the residents of Flint, Michigan, which includes a 54 percent black population, finally had their lead-contaminated water fixed after years of being poisoned by it:

“The town of Flint, Michigan, which the Census Bureau says is roughly 54 percent black, suffered a sad saga of lead-laced water for years. The crisis began in 2014. Barack Obama was president.

“The disaster burgeoned under decades of Democratic Party supremacy. Still, it quickly became one of the American Left’s favorite bludgeons to beat the only Republican around to blame, former Gov. Rick Snyder.

Obama signed a Michigan emergency declaration in January 2016. The move saw too few federal resources dedicated to replacing dirty pipes and fixing the lead contamination in the city’s water supply.

“In fact, Obama’s Michigan emergency declaration ended in August 2016. It’s hard to find criticism of Obama as stark as that of the city’s favorite son, Michael Moore.

“The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker blasted Obama for sipping filtered water during a May 2016 trip to Flint, Michigan, meant to reassure residents that the city’s lead-tainted drinking water was safe to consume.”

Moore appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher in September of 2018 and blasted President Obama, saying:

“It was still poison. … [H]e pretended to drink from a glass of water and then said that it wasn’t a stunt. And it was.

“And it just put a knife in the heart of so many people in Flint who were hoping he would come with the Army Corps of Engineers, dig up these poison pipes, and replace the pipes in the city.

“And he didn’t do that. And then people gave up and a lot of people stayed home. They didn’t vote for Trump, but they just stayed home.

“It was a small little example you see how sometimes the Democrats really screw it up. They’re the party of the people, they should be there for the people, they should fight for the people.”

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Hudson said Flint’s pipes were replaced during the Trump administration:

“It wasn’t until March 2017 when President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $100 million grant to fund projects to replace Flint’s bad pipes. There were various bumps in the road, like in any big government project.

“By the spring of 2019, Flint’s water system was mostly fixed. You can go on social media today and find people complaining about dirty water in Flint but even Trump-bashing NPR conceded in April 2019, ‘tests have shown Flint’s tap water has improved greatly since the depths of the water crisis. Now, it’s well within federal and state standards for lead, even better than many other cities.’”

Another Trump administration achievement for the black community was its $1 billion deal to provide HIV prevention drugs free to 200,000 uninsured Americans each year for the next decade, according to Hudson.

In February 2019, President Trump had unveiled an ambitious plan to eradicate the transmission of HIV within a decade. The pandemic caused an estimated 32 million deaths worldwide between 1981 and 2018.

Hudson wrote that an estimated 1.1 million Americans had HIV in 2019, with another 40,000 Americans being diagnosed each year. Health and Human Services (HHS) projects that some 400,000 Americans will contract the deadly virus over the next decade:

“While black Americans represent roughly 13 percent of the overall population, we accounted for 42 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2018, according to CDC data. One in two gay black men in America will be diagnosed with HIV over the course of their lifetime, the CDC warned in 2016.

“The number of new cases of black women with HIV, which causes AIDS, has dropped by 40 percent in recent years, the agency said, but infection rates have seen a sharp increase among young gay men, especially blacks, according to 2016 CDC figures. ‘Blacks account for more new HIV infections, people estimated to be living with HIV disease, and HIV-related deaths than any other racial-ethnic group in the U.S,’ the Kaiser Family Foundation concluded.”

Hudson wrote about Trump proposing and Congress approving and then appropriating in the 2020 fiscal budget a historic $291 million to fund the initial phase of the administration’s plan to end HIV:

“The administration’s initiative, known as Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE), seeks to reduce new U.S. HIV infections by 75 percent over the next five years and by 90 percent by 2030. By May 2019, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar II had rolled out a new program, Ready, Set, PrEP.

“Azar also announced that his agency had secured a donation of drugs, worth billions, from Gilead Sciences, Inc. that would see the pharmaceutical company donate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years.

“A 30-day supply of the HIV prevention drug can carry a $2,000 price tag for people without insurance. HHS says, program participants are individuals without prescription drug coverage who have tested negative for HIV and have a valid on-label prescription for PrEP.”

Hudson said studies showed that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99 percent when taken consistently. Among people who inject drugs, PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV by at least 74 percent when taken consistently.

By March of this year, access to HIV PrEP medications were available to qualifying participants at CVS Health, Walgreens and Rite Aid locations. These three national pharmacies provided a combined total of more than 21,000 locations and donated their dispensing services to prevent the spread of HIV.

Another critical benefit for black Americans, according to Hudson, was that the poverty rate for them dropped to an all-time low in 2018 during Trump’s administration:

“The poverty rate for black Americans fell by 0.9 percentage points and by 0.8 percentage points for Hispanic Americans in 2018, the latest year for which data are available. Those figures represent, for both groups, the lowest levels of poverty ever recorded by the Census Bureau.

“The poverty rate for both groups also hit record lows the previous year, with black poverty rates falling to 21.2 percent in 2017. The rate was expected by experts to fall to another historic low in 2019.

“That defies the Democrats’ chorus of doom and gloom about the economy. Just a few months after the Census Bureau reported record-breaking poverty declines, a Gallup survey assessing the economic mood of the nation found that 59 percent of Americans said they are better off financially than they were just a year earlier—and a staggering 74 percent said they will be even better off in 2020.”

Finally, Hudson explained that President Trump has allocated more funding to 102 black colleges and universities than any other president before him:

“In May 2017, President Trump promised ‘unwavering support’ for the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In December 2019, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill, known as the FUTURE Act. The law permanently reauthorized hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for America’s 102 historically black colleges and universities.

“College closures, declining enrollment, and scant finances contributed to the rising risk of these schools losing their accreditation. Trump vowed to break the logjam in Congress over the funding for HBCUs. By the end of 2018, he had appropriated more than $360 million to these institutions. The massive figure put him in the record books as having allocated more money to HBCUs than any other president in history.

“Michael Lomax, the president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), praised the president and the thousands of advocates responsible for getting the legislation turned into law. ‘We enlisted more than 20,000 supporters to write and call their members of Congress. This activated army of advocates [who] became the frontline of support for HBCUs, and they won the battle for our institutions,’ Lomax said.”

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