“Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point.”
Rapper Jay-Z delivered a thoughtful assessment of President Donald Trump’s now-infamous “shithole” remarks in an interview with CNN’s Van Jones that aired Saturday, describing them as “disappointing” and “hurtful.” The hip-hop legend also pointed out that Trump’s touting of the black unemployment rate doesn’t erase his treatment of the black community. “Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point,” he said.
The president on Sunday morning hit back at the hip-hop legend, whose real name is Shawn Carter, in a tweet bringing up the black unemployment rate. “Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!” he wrote.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
Van Jones did exactly that on Saturday night.
Jay-Z did call Trump a “super bug.” He also noted he is a human being.
Jay-Z discussed a wide range of issues in the premier episode of The Van Jones Show aired on Saturday at CNN, including his family, the #MeToo movement, and, of course, President Trump. He was critical of the president but also at least made attempts to put himself in his shoes.
Trump earlier this month sparked controversy when he made racist remarks in an immigration meeting, referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries — nations populated by black and Latino people — as “shithole” countries he didn’t want immigrants from. Jay-Z said the remarks were “hurtful” and “misinformed” but added that they’re a symptom of a greater problem in America.