President Donald Trump is now taking credit for supposedly making Juneteenth “very famous” after his Tulsa rally planned for that day generated mass outrage across the country.
Trump planned to hold his rally on June 19th in Tulsa, the city where a white mob massacred black people and burned down their homes and businesses back in 1921. June 19th is also Juneteenth, the date when slaves throughout the country were emancipated.
So, holding this rally on that day in that city angered Americans, especially the black community. That’s why Trump was forced to reschedule it.
But rather than admit his bad judgement, Trump claimed he made the holiday famous.
“I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
In fact, most Americans have heard of Juneteenth. It’s a holiday recognized in 47 states and has been known for over 150 years.
Trump even tried to portray himself as someone who listens to the black community and claimed that nobody around him had ever heard of Juneteenth until he scheduled a rally for that day. That’s when an aide noted that they knew all about Juneteenth and pointed out that the White House even recognized it last year, something Trump apparently did not know.
According to The Week:
Trump in the interview “said a black Secret Service agent told him the meaning of Juneteenth” and that “he polled many people around him, none of whom had heard of Juneteenth.” In an attempt to prove this point that nobody ever heard of the holiday, he even stopped the interview with the Journal to ask an aide if she had. He apparently didn’t get the answer he expected, as the aide pointed out that the White House put out a statement on Juneteenth last year; in fact, the Journal notes the White House has done so during every year of Trump’s presidency.
“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement?” he said. “Ok, ok. Good.”
Once again, Trump is trying to take credit for something he didn’t do all in a desperate effort to curry favor with black voters as the election in November approaches. He is currently losing by a landslide among black voters and his attempt to pander to them in this way is narcissistic and disgusting.
He apparently did not even know about Juneteenth last year, and he didn’t care enough to put out a statement himself. The White House had to do it for him without his knowledge. That’s pretty damning.
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