Trump Shows His 'Regard' For Black History Month

He referred to famous abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass as "somebody who's done an incredible job who's being recognized more and more", making some surmise that Trump didn't even know who he was. In it, he preened about having won the election, quickly mentioned the hard work and sacrifice of African-Americans, complained about the media, described abolitionist Frederick Douglass as "somebody who's done an wonderful job", talked about himself some more, and insulted the inner cities. Not enough credit. Rosa Parks, of course, we all know she did that thing where she sat down on a bus. Fake news! The statue is cherished. Press Secretary Sean Spicer: "Well, I think there's contributions-I think he wants to highlight the contributions that he has made".

Frederick Douglass was a former slave who escaped bondage and became one of the leading abolitionists of his time, a famous orator, and an all-around inspirational figure.

An exception is President Reagan, whose proclamation in 1986 called the observance National Black (Afro-American) History Month.

It appears as if everyone agreed to that fact and decided that the community should indeed be referred to as "African American". I doubt he knows who Frederick Douglass was. The president added that he doesn't watch CNN because he doesn't "like watching fake news".

Perhaps hearing so much about the historic oppression of the African-American community made Trump reflect on the oppression he himself faced in the media.

Looking around the table, Trump singled out Pastor Darrell Scott, for example, who's significant to the president because he saw Scott "defending me on television".

Trump turned his glance toward his supporters at the table, recognizing them for being supportive during, again, unfavorable media coverage, explicitly calling out CNN as "hostile". "And we'll be honoring it more and more".

"I'm not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right", he said during an event at George Washington University this week.

Speaking at a meeting with African-American leaders, Trump read a scripted statement that rattled off the names of civil rights pioneers, including Frederick Douglass.

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