Donald Trump hits back at Jay-Z after he calls him ‘a superbug’ in row over ‘s***hole countries remarks’
Donald Trump hit back at Jay-Z after the rapper called him a “superbug” and rejected the idea that his presidency has been good for African Americans.
The US president tweeted a message to the rapper on Sunday in an apparent response to a CNN interview in which Jay-Z said the president’s alleged vulgar comments about African countries and Haiti were “disappointing” and “hurtful.”
Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, appeared in CNN’s The Van Jones Show on Saturday night and was asked about he felt when the US President reportedly called African countries “s***holes”.
The rapper said: “Yes, it’s disappointing and hurtful. Everyone feels anger. After the anger, it’s really hurtful because he’s like looking down on a whole population of people.”
Mr Trump has denied the comment but Jay-Z said it was “how people talk… behind closed doors.”
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
He then compared the alleged remark to a clip from a record phone conversation involving former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling which cost him control of the NBA team in 2014.
Jay-Z said Mr Sterling’s public downfall led “all of the other closet racists to just run back in the hole”.
He said: “You haven’t fixed anything. What you do when you do, that is the bugs come. You spray something and you create a superbug because you don’t take care of the problem.
“You don’t take the trash out, you keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. As those things grow, you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”
He added: “I’m being funny, I say that, too.”
Jay-Z was then asked if Mr Trump’s repeated claim that he had dropped African American unemployment to record lows and put money in people’s pockets made him a good leader.
He replied: “No, because it’s not about money at the end of the day … money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings. That’s the main point.”
Mr Trump 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!”
According to federal government figures, African American unemployment dropped to 6.8 per cent, a historic low, in December 2017.