Jesus, Neither Trump Nor Sean Spicer Know Who Frederick Douglass Is
Look, I don’t want to be writing this Trump stuff either. There’s nothing I’d like more than for me to sleep easy knowing that our president and White House press secretary are aware of the great and noble deeds of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. But here we are.
Yesterday was the start of Black History Month, and Trump kicked things off by complaining about, apparently, the only example of misreporting he’s heard (that a TIME writer tweeted Trump’s removal of the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr). He then went on to sing the praises of Frederick Douglass, who he says, “someone who has done a terrific job that is being recognized by more and more people.”
Then, Spicer jumped in later that day as to make sure the president wasn’t the only guy who forgot to do their history homework. He thinks “the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more.”
Saying the words “more and more” is not the answer to your problems. Guys, get it together! You’re supposed to be the smart ones. Anyway, Twitter had a field day with this one. Check it out:
The more you notice? He's dead.
How? He's dead.
Trump just described Frederick Douglass as "someone who has done a terrific job that is being recognized by more and more people"— David Frum (@davidfrum) February 1, 2017
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What is with this guy?
Apparently, they don't report on him enough because these two guys haven't heard of him.
Frederick Douglass has done an amazing job but liberal news media doesn't report on what he's doing! SAD!— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) February 1, 2017
Well, at least someone feels ok about this.
Learned today that Frederick Douglass is still alive, which I found oddly comforting.— jelani cobb (@jelani9) February 1, 2017
TRUMP: I love Fred Douglass. Fred is so -- Fred, are you here right now? -- (grabs Rudy Giuliani's arm) Fred is gonna handle things so bigly— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) February 2, 2017