President Trump Kicks off Black History Month
- Author: Michelle Webb Feb 06, 2017,
Feb 06, 2017, 1:03
There was the time when Trump celebrated the start of Black History Month by praising abolitionist Frederick Douglass, though, as Meyers put it, "it seemed pretty clear that not only did Trump not know who Frederick Douglass was, he also seemed to think Douglass, who died in 1895, might still be alive".
But Douglass' family said in a statement Wednesday night that they not only approved of the president's usage of the "present tense" - they also use it themselves.
"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an unbelievable job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice".
The leaders appeared before the press following their meeting with President Trump and told One America News that Trump understands the timeline necessary to fix many problems in America's inner cities. "I think she's going to be a fantastic Education Secretary". Fake news. The statue is cherished, it's one of the favorite things in the-and we have some good ones.
Trump added: "Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today". Big impact. I'm proud to honour this heritage and will be honouring it more and more.
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Flanked by black staff and supporters in the White House's Roosevelt Room, Trump began promisingly, noting the contribution of African Americans and their "unimaginable sacrifice".
Although it's true that President Trump used the term "African-American History Month" in his proclamation, it's disingenuous to say that he "renamed" the observance or to suggest that he was the first president to apply that terminology. "She really made Frederick Douglass come alive".
Many Americans remain hopeful that Trump will bring positive changes.
"He gets a little sidetracked", Ruffin pointed out, then quoting Trump: "That's the way the press is, very unfortunate". We have Lincoln, and we have Jefferson, and we have Dr. Martin Luther King.