A Trump Town Hall reminder. Man, the HBCU story continues to grow. Here is the president tonight. 1/
Reminder 1: In his FY20 budget he zeroed out the program he is now saying he funded. Look at line G. There was $79M in FY19, 0 in FY20 President's budget. 2/
He never publicly advocated for the funding, including while speaking at the HBCU week conference the month the program ended. 3/
Meanwhile, Rep. Alma Adams led a bipartisan coalition to pass HER bill, the FUTURE Act, to continue the funding. 4/
And she checked him on taking credit! 5/
Again. His budget CUT the program he now praises. The Thurgood Marshall College Fund called it "an approximately $80 million fiscal cliff for HBCUs." 6/
Tonight he repeated the claim that he got us 10 year funding. This one program is not all Federal HBCU funding and he keeps speaking like $85M funds 103 HBCUs! 7/
Plus, we were just completing a 10 year, $85M program started under President Obama. Same money, same length of time. 8/
And he ends by saying it was "more than we asked for!" Chile please! He ain't never been to a UNCF meeting because there is NO president that says we have gotten more than we asked for! LOL 9/9

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