Trump Shows Off His Black History Chops, Big League (VIDEO)

AP

President Donald Trump took a wild stab at African American history Wednesday morning when he described the 19th-century black abolitionist leader, social reformer and writer Frederick Douglass as “somebody who has done an amazing job.”

Trump said during a listening session that he was “very proud” of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened before he took office, for providing a place where people can learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “so many other things.”

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump said, perhaps unable to articulate Douglass’ historically recognized role as an abolitionist leader and the first black citizen to hold a high rank in the U.S. government.

He went on to name Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks as examples of “black Americans who made America what it is today.”

“A big impact,” Trump said. “I’m proud to honor this heritage. I will be honoring it more and more.”

Twitter had a lot of fun with the Douglass name-drop:

Watch his remarks below:

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