Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump for his debate performance, particularly his views on criminal justice and for continuing to peddle untruths about President Barack Obama’s birthplace.
Rep. Gregory Meeks, chairman of the CBC’s political action committee, criticized Trump for statements about Obama’s birth certificate, saying it was “a racist statement.”
“He owes the American people an apology,” he said. “His answers surely indicate he must still believe it.”
All members of the caucus highlighted that Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and Meeks pointed out this was coming after the opening of the National Museum on African American History and Culture.
Rep. Barbara Lee of California called the presidential race a “referendum on bigotry.”
“Secretary Clinton was very clear on the unfinished business of race in America,” she said. Lee criticized Trump for speaking about race relations by talking about “law and order.”
Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin spoke about attempts to purge voters from rolls or limit Sunday voting, which are seen by some as an effort to suppress African American votes.
“They are our enemies,” she said. “This is a day where they are doubling down on our efforts to vote.”