Today, as Vice President Joe Biden unveiled his plan to advance racial equity across the American economy, Nevada Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, Assemblyman Edgar Flores, and Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II called out Donald Trump’s record of broken promises to communities of color.
Nevada Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson released the following statement:
“Time and again, Donald Trump has failed the Black community, especially now. As coronavirus cases surge and the economy craters, Trump has stuck his head in the sand while Black Americans are being disproportionately harmed. Trump’s failed pandemic response has inflamed longstanding economic and health disparities while fueling inequality. Racial injustice persisted long before Donald Trump, but he has exploited and exacerbated these inequities at the expense of Black and Latino communities for far too long. Come November, Nevadans will bring this chaos to end and elect Joe Biden as president.”
Nevada Assemblyman Edgar Flores released the following statement:
“From day one, Donald Trump’s rhetoric has demonized the Latino community, while his anti-immigrant agenda has terrorized our families. Now, as a direct result of his failed pandemic response, Latinos are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis as our communities, businesses, and priorities get left behind. The Latino community deserves a leader who will bind us together instead of driving us apart, and fight to build a better future for the next generation. That leader is Joe Biden.”
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement:
“In 2016, Donald Trump came to Las Vegas and promised to fight every day for Black and Latin Americans. But as president, he’s done the opposite and made it crystal clear he has no intention of repairing racial inequality. Trump turned his back on communities of color, especially as we confront the catastrophic fallout of his failed pandemic response. Nevada’s diversity is its great strength, and our Black, Latino, Native American, and AAPI communities deserve far better than Donald Trump’s record of broken promises.”
BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S BROKEN PROMISES TO COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Promise: Trump said he would be the “greatest champion” for the Latino community and would “fight to help millions of Latinos trapped in poverty.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Reno NV, 10/5/16]
Reality: As of 2017, Latino individuals represented about 18% of the U.S. population, but made up 20% of all those who received HUD rental assistance and 30% of all low-income renters. Despite this, Trump has called for drastic cuts to subsidized housing, and for changes that could raise rents for low-income families.
Promise: In 2016, Trump pledged he would “help our Latino American citizens and our African American citizens.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Henderson NV, 10/5/16]
Reality: Trump failed to respond to the racial disparities being exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis. Data shows that Black, Latino, and Native American communities have been disproportionately hurt during the pandemic. Black and Latino residents are three times as likely to contract the virus than white residents, and twice as likely to die. Meanwhile, unemployment is even worse for people of color.
Reality: Even after Congressional action sought to force the Trump Administration to improve data collection on racial disparities in coronavirus cases, it failed to do so — and its scattershot approach has hampered an effective response to the crisis for communities of color.
Reality: Trump’s economic policies have failed to help close the racial wealth gap. In Nevada, the median household income for Black families is $40,560 compared to $66,540 for white households.
Reality: In Nevada, white households had a homeownership rate of 63%, far exceeding the 28% rate for Black households and 47% rate for Hispanic households.