Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump-Biden final debate comments on race relations

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Race and race relations remained a major point of contention during this latest and final presidential debate Thursday night.

This particular portion of the debate was largely devoid of talk of the recent protests or far-right or white nationalist groups. Instead there was a lot of talk of the candidates' history.

Trump’s claim on what he’s done for Black Americans

We’re starting with a claim the President has made frequently at rallies and speeches over the course of his time in office.

“Nobody has done more for the Black community than Trump. And if you look, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, possible exception, but the exception of Abraham Lincoln, nobody has done what I’ve done,” Trump said.

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While it’s hard to quantify an individual President’s impact on any community, presidential historians generally disagree with the President’s self-assessment. According to one study from professors at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, which ranked presidents based on editorials and endorsements from Black newspapers, Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Abraham Lincoln topped the list. President Trump ranked 15th out of 20, sitting below President Richard Nixon.


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