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Trump Meets With 100+ Black Leaders…But the Media Wanted to Focus on This ‘Scandal’

Written by Philip Hodges

President Trump met with numerous presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) at the White House on Monday. Trump signed an executive order that would result in the government issuing more contracts and grants to HBCUs. McClatchy’s article carried the headline: “Donald Trump will try to outdo Obama in backing black colleges.” From McClatchy:

“It would be truly, truly historic,” said Leonard Haynes, a longtime educator who ran the office and is helping to write the executive order. “It’s part of a long time dream…none of (the other presidents) had the courage to do it.”

Though African-Americans overwhelmingly support Democrats at the polls, many education experts credit Republican leaders for helping to improve HBCUs, the common shorthand for historically black schools. 

Some black college administrators say they were disappointed in President Barack Obama for not making the schools a priority and, in some cases, harming their financial health and contributing to declining enrollment with the changes he made to loan programs.

Some campuses are struggling, suffering from budget cuts, low endowments, aging facilities and fiscal mismanagement.

The schools receive money from the federal government through grants, contracts, appropriations and student aid. They received $4.7 billion in federal financial assistance in 2013, according to the latest annual report available. The money accounted for 2.8 percent of federal funds awarded to all institutions of higher education.

Obviously, it was a big deal, considering the media narrative that Trump and his administration – particularly Steve Bannon – are a bunch of white supremacist nazis.

So, it’s no surprise that some media networks wanted to focus on a more serious scandal – that of Kellyanne Conway sitting on the couch in the Oval Office…with her shoes on the couch. (gasp!)

Breitbart noted: “Leading the pack was Buzzfeed’s Deputy news director Jon Passantino, who said ‘Conservatives were pissed Obama put his feet on Oval Office desk. Watch their reaction tonight.'”

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