As Black History Month approached, President Trump had one of two choices: 1) Say the right things, make the right moves, seem like he cares. 2) Make bizarre statements and omissions, let social media turn the whole fiasco into a meme.
Of course, he chose the latter.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump said during a White House press event, making many wonder if he even really knows who civil rights icon Frederick Douglas (who’s been dead for over a century) is.
When asked to explain Trump’s vague remarks on Douglas, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said this:
“I think there’s contribution. I think he wants to highlight the contributions that he has made, and I think through a lot of the actions and statements that he’s going to make, I think the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more.”
Spicer apparently doesn’t know who Douglas is either.
As with most Trump outrages, this one will likely vanish into the ether. But not before the hashtag #TrumpBlackHistory started trending.
Here are a few examples:
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) February 1, 2017
— NIKKOLAS (@4NIKKOLAS) February 2, 2017
— Deja M. Burt (@Hoosyourdaddy99) February 1, 2017
— Deondagreat (@deondagreat) February 2, 2017
Demanded death for 5 innocent black boys. 5 yrs of racist birtherism at 1st black POTUS. Too racist a landlord for NIXON. #TrumpBlackHistory
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 2, 2017
— Trump Unfiltered (@trump_speak) February 2, 2017
Dr. King was a real hero, believe me. Great doctor. Healed a lot of patients. Not convinced he was born here. #TrumpBlackHistory
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 1, 2017
And of course, who could forget the great Malcom X, founder of the X-Men. Superb professor. A terrific team. The best. #TrumpBlackHistory
— Em Vee (@HombreDeTroy) February 1, 2017
#TrumpBlackHistory Harriet Tubman brought us the Underground Railroad, paving the way for the great subway systems you see today.
— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) February 1, 2017
Billie Holiday! He was one of the greatest! Huge! #TrumpBlackHistory
— Ian Bowen (@idbowen85) February 3, 2017
— Little Miss Flint (@LoveMeLuLu22) February 3, 2017