Republican Strategist Encourages African-Americans to 'Screw Donald Trump'

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Kellyanne Conway checks her phone after taking a photo as US President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges pose for a group photo in the Oval Office of the White House before a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

A Republican strategist encouraged African-Americans to "screw Donald Trump" and continue working towards "making our communities better," on CNN Monday morning.

"Look, as an African-American, I am so proud of my community," Shermicahel Singleton said to Brianna Keilar CNN. "I am proud of my culture because we are the product of slaves, people who were brought here from a familiar place to an unfamiliar place, and in spite of all of those things, look at where we are."

Singleton added: "Look at the progress we have made. So in spite of Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric, we will continue to make progress in the right direction and I hope that African-Americans who are listening to his words, screw Donald Trump—we're gonna continue moving forward and progressing and making our communities better."

Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton: “As an African-American, I am so proud of my community… I hope African-Americans who are listening to his words, screw Donald Trump — we’re gonna continue moving forward and progressing and making our communities better.” pic.twitter.com/7kKNvTUMCm

— CNN (@CNN) January 29, 2018

Singleton formally worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development before he was reportedly fired in February based on an op-ed critical of Trump that he penned prior to the 2016 election.

Conversations about race have swirled around President Trump's presidency, from his description of some white-nationalist protestors as "very fine people" to saying some predominantly black countries are "shitholes." The latest such controversy was sparked by rapper Jay-Z, who commented on the Trump presidency on CNN's The Van Jones Show on Sunday.

"You spray something and you create a superbug because you don't take care of the problem," Jay-Z said about the rise of Trump. "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."

Someone needs to inform @realdonaldtrump that I ALREADY asked Jay Z whether black employment figures redeem Trump’s presidency. And Jay’s answer last night on the #VanJonesShow was POWERFUL !!! ... Watch the VIDEO for yourself: https://t.co/7Sv3rHKkmW https://t.co/jbHpkKOM5o

— Van Jones (@VanJones68) January 28, 2018

In response, the president tweeted: "Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!"

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

The back-and-forth led to a conversation on CNN Monday morning in which Keilar asked Singleton why Trump responded to Jay-Z and not to Eminem, who also criticized the president.

"I mean it leads to a lot of people questioning President Trump's stand on racial issues," Singleton said. "And I can understand people who say 'Well maybe he does have an issue with people who aren't white.'"