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REPORT

CARD

Name

Donald Trump

Position

Former President & 2024 Republican Presidential Candidate

Term

2016

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2020

Grade

F

Evaluator

NRL

Updated

Comments

Donald Trump received this grade from the NRL for the following reasons: Donald Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, has not openly expressed his support for reparations for American Descendants of Slaves and had eight years to do so. According to a USA Today article, President Trump said in an interview that he thinks the concept of the federal government giving reparations to the descendants of slaves is “unusual” and “interesting” but he doesn’t “see it happening.” Donald Trump receives the following positive notes: He officially recognized slavery and presented policies to address the harm. According to a TIME article, President Trump issued a statement celebrating Juneteenth, the day slavery ended in Texas, in 2018 and signed the “400 Years of African American History Commission Act” into law on January 8, 2018. The act established the 400 Years of African American History Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619. The commission is tasked with planning programs to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States, encouraging civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and economic organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities, assisting states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration, and more. In addition, Trump’s 500 Billion Dollar Platinum Plan is a policy proposal by former President Donald Trump that aims to improve the lives of Black Americans with a $500 Billion dollar investment and creates 500,000 new Black owned businesses. It also aims to bridge historic disparities in healthcare and education, designate the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations, and make lynching a national hate crime. Finally, he had other positive policies for African Americans including the First Step Act (Signed into law in 2018) and permanently funded HBCUs (Signed into law in 2019).