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Happy Black History Month: Does Trump Even Know Who Frederick Douglass Was?

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by G. Brown

You know you made a big mistake when a dead man comes back from the grave to open a Twitter account just to troll you.  So goes the humor after President Trump’s hommage to Black History Month went a little off the rails.

Trump surrounded by some of his favorite Negroes including Omarosa and Ben Carson kicked off Black History Month observation with some awkward comments that sideline into a rant about fake news before getting back on topic and giving examples of Blacks who did “amazing things” and assured everyone that Omarosa “is actually a very nice person, nobody knows that.“—Jesus, take the wheel, just take the wheel.

At the White House event marking the observation of Black History Month, Trump proved two things: 1) He can’t help but talk about himself 2)Maybe he doesn’t really know who Frederick Douglas was.

Trump opened the speech with, “Well this is Black History Month, so this is our little breakfast, our little get-together…During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work, and faith in America. I’ve gotten a real glimpse—during the campaign, I’d go around with Ben to a lot of different places I wasn’t so familiar with. They’re incredible people. And I want to thank Ben Carson, who’s gonna be heading up HUD. That’s a big job. That’s a job that’s not only housing, but it’s mind and spirit. Right, Ben? And you understand, nobody’s gonna be better than Ben.” Ben is of course Ben Carson who is now HUD Director, but it’s funny how Trump is waving Carson around like ‘see I do actually know Black people.’  But this was the better part of the speech.  Hang on as we take a deep dive into the WTF territory.

Trump continued saying, “Last month, we celebrated the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., whose incredible example is unique in American history. You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office. It turned out that that was fake news. Fake news. The statue is cherished, it’s one of the favorite things in the—and we have some good ones. We have Lincoln, and we have Jefferson, and we have Dr. Martin Luther King. But they said the statue, the bust of Martin Luther King, was taken out of the office. And it was never even touched. So I think it was a disgrace, but that’s the way the press is. Very unfortunate.”  Very unfortunate indeed– Trump couldn’t even do what he was there to do without making himself a victim.  You’re a rich White male running a superpower nation and you still want people to feel sorry for you because the media is picking on you? And no, we didn’t read all about King last week…most of us read about him while in school or college.  Perhaps Stephen Colbert was right, that statue of King was making a run for it to escape the White House.

But the best part of Trump’s speech was, “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed.”  Strange comment which left some people questioning if Trump was aware that Douglass is deceased and its not like he’s giving speeches that’s adding more likes to his Facebook page.

Some of Douglass’ direct descendants got the same impression that Trump had no clue who the 19th century abolitionist, writer and orator was so they gave him a crash course by listing 15 talking points the president could have referenced.  Here are five of those points that the president could have used when he said, “Frederick Douglass has done an amazing job” …

* Enduring the inhumanity of slavery after being born heir to anguish and exploitation but still managing to become a force for solace and liberty when America needed it most,

* Recognizing that knowledge was his pathway to freedom at such a tender age,

* Teaching himself to read and write and becoming one of the country’s most eloquent spokespersons,

* Standing up to his overseer to say that ‘I am a man!’

* Risking life and limb by escaping the abhorrent institution…

But perhaps Trump’s most painful lesson came from Twitter where some person who was on his game set up an account under the handle @realFrederickDouglass and trolled Trump hard…

@realFrederickDouglass: My autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, is #1 best-seller on Amazon. 4x better sales than Art of the Deal! P.S. I am dead!

@realFrederickDouglass: Appreciate @realDonaldTrump congrats on AMAZING job I did to secretly educate myself and other slaves while still living under slavery in Maryland. My work is finally being recognized!

@realFrederickDouglass: @realDonaldTrump pretended to know who I was when he obviously has no f**king idea. VERY DISHONEST!

The account seemingly has been deleted now, but nothing totally is ever deleted from the internet and the messages are still being shared with the hashtag #realFrederickDouglass on Twitter.

Well, at least Trump got that Black History Month stuff out of the way and won’t have to worry about it again for an entire year.

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