In 2016, 8% of black Americans voted for Donald J. Trump in the presidential election. Today, a new Rasmussen poll shows President Trump with a 29% approval rating with black Americans. Only 18 months into his presidency and black unemployment is at a historic low. Black voters are starting to take notice of President Trump, as they’re beginning to see that he actually cares about giving them a chance to improve their communities, by helping them find more job opportunities, giving them tax cuts, and providing them with better education options.

Whether he’s fighting to bring lost manufacturing jobs back to America or to keep illegal aliens from taking jobs from the black community because they’re willing to be paid less, or under the table, President Trump has made a commitment to give all able-bodied Americans the opportunity to live the American dream without having to rely on the Democrat Party who only offers handouts for votes.

Yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reported about a prominent pastor from a North Sacramento church, who was among a group of black religious leaders who met with President Donald Trump this week at the White House.

Phillip Goudeaux of Calvary Christian Center on Del Paso Boulevard was among more than a dozen black religious leaders who sat down with Trump on Wednesday at a meeting that the White House said was organized to share ideas about prison reform and criminal justice.

Goudeaux and other participants now face a backlash for meeting with a president whose policies some argue have hurt poor people and African Americans.

At the event, the pastors widely praised Trump, with one participant calling him “the most pro-black president we’ve had in our lifetime,” according to a transcript of the meeting provided by the White House.

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“This president actually wants to prove something to our community,” said Pastor Darrell Scott of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. “The last president didn’t feel like he had to,” Scott said of Barack Obama. “He felt like he didn’t have to prove it. He got a pass.”

Watch, at about the mid-way point of the video below, as President Trump reaches over and puts his hand on Alveda King’s hand. The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. returns his kind gesture by reaching over and patting his shoulder. There is no question that President Trump is committed to making the American dream possible for every American citizen. The Democrat Party can’t hide the reality of Trump’s success in making jobs available for those who had given up hope, and they can’t ignore that he’s given every forgotten man and woman in America a renewed sense of real hope, not the fake kind that Barack Obama promised.

Trump talked briefly at the beginning of the meeting about his administration’s efforts at creating jobs, investing in distressed communities and helping former prisoners find work. Then he asked each pastor to speak.

Goudeaux’s remarks were brief. According to the transcript, he thanked the president for restoring “hope” to his constituents.

“Please don’t give up on California and Sacramento,” he said. “I’m right in the capital there, and we’re working in every area to try to make a difference in people’s lives.

“So, I guess the greatest word I can say for you, Mr. President, is that you have given this country expectations, given us a new hope, a new excitement to believe that things are getting better and are going to get better. And we appreciate that leadership, your tenacity to keep pushing in against all the opposition that comes against you. Thank you so much.”

Tre Borden, who works on urban revitalization projects in the Sacramento area, posted a photo of Goudeaux at the meeting on his Facebook page. He called the local pastor and other participants “shameless” and “contemptible” for taking part in the White House gathering.

In an interview, Borden said he attended Calvary Christian Center as a child.

“The majority of people in Phillip Goudeaux’s Del Paso congregation are poor and black,” he said. “For him or any other black religious leader to align himself with Trump and his policies in this day and age is extremely distressing and hypocritical. How can he possibly think our current president is helping people who are on the margins of society?”

Other pastors who participated in the meeting also seem to be facing criticism.

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