A multi-award winning mixed martial artist endorsed the president on his third anniversary of being sworn into office.
Ultimate Fighting Championship winner Conor McGregor has congratulated President Donald Trump on celebrating the third year of his presidency.
“Congrats and Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” McGregor said on Twitter adding a goat emoticon, which is widely reported to mean the greatest of all time. “Phenomenal president, quite possibly the United States, most certainly one of them anyway, as he sits atop the shoulders of many amazing giants that came before him.”
The two-time champion also commended the president on achieving the lowest 5.4 percent unemployment rate for African Americans since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began collecting data in 1972.
“No easy feat,” he said. “Early stages of term also. Incredible.”
The remarks came after President Trump posted to social media on the anniversary of the day he was sworn into the Oval Office three years ago.
“It was exactly three years ago today, Jan. 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office,” he said. “So appropriate that today is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. African American unemployment is the lowest in the history of our country, by far. Also, [we have enjoyed the] best poverty, youth, and employment numbers ever. Great!”
Lowest African American unemployment numbers
The Economic Policy Institute believes another factor behind the jump in African American employment is a growing number of them who graduated from college.
“The share of African Americans with a bachelor’s degree or higher grew from 14 percent in 2000 to 22.8 percent in 2018, an increase of 63 percent,” the institute said on its website. “Since unemployment rates tend to be lower for workers with higher levels of education, the lower 2018 unemployment rate reflects not only improvements in the economy but also the fact that black workers today are more educated than ever before.”
The institute urged the Trump administration to continue keeping the unemployment rate down for people of all ethnicities to remove any racial disparity since the annual black unemployment rate has only ever fallen below 10 percent in the past 47 years while white unemployment consistently stayed below 10 percent in the past 65 years.
“A 6.6 percent black unemployment rate is definitely noteworthy,” the institute said. “The Trump administration should be judged by what they do to keep the rate down, and to close the persistent two-to-one racial disparity. That would be a truly historic accomplishment worthy of everyone attending the State of the Union rising to their feet in thunderous applause.”