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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kicked off Black History Month on Wednesday by gathering some of his black aides and supporters at the White House for a “listening” session in which he praised the contributions of slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass and other African-American icons.

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump told the group gathered in the Roosevelt Room.

The president’s comments drew immediate backlash on social media from critics who perceived it as a reference to a still-living Douglass. Douglass, who died in 1895, was one of the country’s most influential and celebrated African-Americans.


Douglass was born a slave, and became an orator and a leading figure in the anti-slavery movement. Over the last 20 years of his life, Douglass served as marshal and recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia, as well as U.S. minister to Haiti. Black History Month originally started out as a weeklong celebration that included Douglass’ birthday along with that of President Abraham Lincoln.



White House spokesman Sean Spicer later said it would become clearer what Trump meant by having noticed Douglass being recognized “more and more.”

“I think he wants to highlight the contributions he has made,” Spicer said.

The White House has said Trump plans to issue an official proclamation recognizing Black History Month, which has been recognized by every U.S. president since 1976. Other White House events are planned, including a gala and receptions, officials said.

“During this month, we honor the tremendous history of the African-Americans throughout our country, throughout the world if you really think about it, right?” Trump said. “And this story’s one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work and faith in America.”

“Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and “millions more black Americans who made America what it is today,” Trump said. “I’m proud to honor this heritage and will be honoring it more and more.”

Trump mentioned the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as a place “where people can learn about Rev. King, so many other things.” He did not mention the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, which also sits on the National Mall.

On hand for the listening session were Housing and Urban Development Secretary nominee Ben Carson; Paris Dennard, an official with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; longtime Republican strategist and media owner Armstrong Williams; and White House adviser Omarosa Manigault.


Trump also said that he did better in the African-American community in his election than candidates in previous years. Among African-Americans, Trump got 8 percent of the vote, slightly better than Republican Mitt Romney’s 6 percent against then-President Barack Obama in 2012, according to national exit polls.


Trump’s black support was not as high as the 12 percent that Republican Bob Dole won in 1996. Ronald Reagan set the high mark for Republicans in recent history, winning 14 percent of the black vote when he was elected president in 1980.

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47 thoughts on “Trump Praises Frederick Douglass For Black History Month, Social Media Is Confused

  1. I’m sure he has special feelings for Black people. I think that of all the minorities he discriminated against in his buildings, discriminating against Black people was probably his favorite.

  2. Young Young on said:

    It is very difficult to come home from work and not tune in for a minute to get a good laugh at what that clown Donald Trump has done or said

  3. Cynthia Feaster on said:

    Hahaha the fascist emperor trump is an idiot after all. Questionso for the world village idiot currently usurping a position he did NOT earn or win:
    Can you read? Can you think? Why don’t you sleep like normal people? You tweet at 4am. Why are you such an ignorant hater? You must be incredibly insecure. Do you know ANYTHING about varous ethnic groups in this country and tb through out the world? Your abysmal ignorance IS SHOW ING and you are a sad embarrassment.

  4. ButterPecan on said:

    His staff is always explaining what he meant to say! Someone should get a doctor to do a full neurological exam on this idiot!

    • specialt757 on said:

      Exactly BP, someone always has to explain what he meant to say, that’s how you know he’s really unintelligent. In our country we can accept the unintelligent as leaders as long as they are white men.

  5. ButterPecan on said:

    The Village Idiot keeps proving the point that he is unintelligent, and not qualified to be President of the United States! He should schedule a visit to The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and learn that Fredrick Douglass is dead and so many other things! What a MORON! And if he says The African Americans ONE MORE TIME!!!!!!

  6. I should have said he had no idea who Douglass (was). At any rate Dr. Phil made an observation to the affect that since Trump was elected….people seeking out psychologists/psychiatrists has gone up. And…..because of that demand…..Trump already is creating jobs. LOL LOL

  7. Trump is still talking about Arnold, The Apprentice, and it’s ratings! SMDH! The leader of this country has time for this childish nonsense? The man is still in ENTERTAINER mode. The people that voted for him, and those that feel like they have to defend him should be EMBARRASSED! There’s one thing for D sure…..Trump is no intellectual!! Had absolutely no (remote) idea who Frederick Douglass is. Omarosa should have schooled him on that.

    • He’s a pathetic soul. You’re right the ppl who voted for him should be embarrassed, but they’re not. They’re proud of him. Shameful!!

  8. Omarosa needs to get on her job. Since she is the mouth piece for “the” blacks, she should make sure when her president speaks he is giving the correct info regarding black history. Maybe she does not know her own black history or maybe she is just a black face for him to show off.

  9. Mr. Andy Andrew I just want to say I don’t hate trump but I do hate he is President. I also want to add I grew up 25 miles from Chicago and it was violent long before Pres. Obama came along. I hope you defended him the way you speaking for trump!! We do more damage to ourselves than anyone

  10. angela ross on said:

    I wondering why every time trump has something to say about african american( blacks so he put it) he has 2 have his 2 token black around? especially omarosa she always somewhere in the back round is she the spokes person for the african american community or just his his side piece

      • Just a couple of N**s in the woodpile. Any self-respecting African American would not humiliate themselves sitting there with Trump as he’s spewing that b.s. about Douglass and other Black historical figures. He just needs to keep his mouth SHUT during Black History month. NO ONE needs to hear a thing from him about people he doesn’t even care to read about, even before attending a meeting to discuss this topic.

  11. FallMornings on said:

    He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. I bet if he gave every Black person in America reparations, many would still be unsatisfied. So many are going to waste precious energy hatin’ on this man for four years. Don’t know about you, but I have too many positive things to do.

    • I have plenty to do. But I’m not going to miss an opportunity to speak about the orange cheetah in Cheif, he does and say something asinine daily, just so he’ll stay in the news. He’s pathetic! .

    • redbone1954 on said:

      The issue for me is he is so ignorant that if he could have at least could have picked up a book and gatherd some information about the Mr. Douglass but no he’s too ignorant for that and too busy trying to start WW III in this country. It’s disrespectful that he could not take the time to read something and know what he was trying to talk about. Too busy signing executive orders I guess.

  12. Why so much hate for a man who WON the elections and 35 pf the 50 States? All this hate on this comments`page! Is this not “democrazy” a demonstration of madness? We had our very own Obama who held the most powerful office on earth for 8 years, where did that get us? Folks are still slaughtering themselves in Chicargo and of all the Cop killings of black men under Obama`s watch not even one federal prosecution. So, if we are to be angry at all, it should be properly directed to Obama. DJT is POTUS now and we must get the best from his govt for our Community which is badly in need of all the help it can get. Hating on Trump will not get us anywhere. That is the truth. Get high on emotional hatred for Trump is just opening the door for an early heart attack on the hater, so cool it off now people and let us get what we can from POTUS. period. For haters, I even got my own Black DJT on my facebook profile, check it out.

  13. I hope everyone on here that does not like Trump were at the same polling place I was during the election…if not then shut up because YOU contributed to his azz getting elected!

    • specialt757 on said:

      “I hope everyone on here that does not like” s/b “…who does not like…”
      I’m pretty sure I was not at the same polling place you were, but rest assured, I did not contribute one ounce of energy to get this fool elected.

  14. Those Black people surrounding the twitdiot in chief should be ashamed of themselves – not because they support this clown but because he doesn’t support them. He must think that Morgan Freeman is the same person as Frederick Douglass. SMDH

  15. specialt757 on said:

    This man is pathetic. He doesn’t know or care about black history. All this is for show and to convince Americans of his popularity, and that he’s up on the current state of black affairs. Dummy F.D. is not alive, dang you mean you can’t even get simple facts right? SMH. “Rev King”? WhoTH is that? Clearly he could not have been referring to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oh I just get sicker and sicker as each day comes and he is still the nations president.
    Mr. hairhat, even you can’t even defend your white daddy Trump, you just want us to give him a chance. Is that the same chance he gave Prez O, when he swore for years he wasn’t an American? GTFOH!

  16. Shirley on said:

    Dr Larry you said 7 years 11 months. You wish. This racist narcissistic vulgar clueless ass wipe will be lucky if he doesn’t get impeached or stroke out within a year. I will never acknowledge that SOB.

  17. Trump is one ignorant MoFo, and an embarrassment as president. Why in the H is he at a Black History Month event talking negatively about the media/press/ so-called Fake News…..when this man contributed so much Fake A news during his campaign, and continues to do so; for example coming across like ALL Black people are poverty stricken, live in constant fear for their lives, don’t have jobs, etc. Probably because his vocabulary is sooooo weak. The man has a 5th grade mentality, and needs to STOP WITH THE RHETORIC!!

  18. What a damn joke. This rascit doesn’t give a damn about blks or blk history. Give me a freakin break. I heard he had a conference in refrence to blk history month and had the audacity to praise himself. Really? Man GTFOOH!

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