Donald Trump gave his best shot at articulating Black history this morning during a White House Event commemorating Black History Month.
Sitting in the Roosevelt Room, Donald didn’t waste any time before complaining about an inaccurate January report that he had removed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
“You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago, when somebody said I took the statue out of my office and it turned out that that was fake news. Fake news,” he said.
“But they said the statue, the bust, of Dr. 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,” he added.
Donald was referring to a Time magazine journalist’s mistaken report on Inauguration Day that he had removed the bust. The reporter, Zeke Miller, said in a correction that he was unable to initially see the bust because a door and a Secret Service agent were blocking the view.
The mistake was published in a White House pool report, which was very quickly corrected. He also wrote on Twitter about the mistake and apologized.
“This is on me, not my colleagues. I’ve been doing everything I can to fix my error. My apologies,” Zeke wrote at the time.
Aside from that, Donald then name-dropped a few Black people whose names he can actually remember — including Frederick Douglass — who Trump said is did an ‘amazing’ job.
President Trump has noticed this guy Frederick Douglass, who "has done an amazing job." Really. https://t.co/dO1i3fH8tm pic.twitter.com/dPV8PmDzVT
— (((JonathanWeisman))) (@jonathanweisman) February 1, 2017
There’s a good chance Donald Trump doesn’t even know who Frederick Douglass is.
Before closing, Donald also gave a Black History Month shoutout to Ben Carson and…Omarosa.
This is a full transcript of President Trump's speech to his Black History Month event. pic.twitter.com/uJ9iXvUOGr
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 1, 2017
We can’t even deal.