The speech Donald Trump gave for Black History Month left Chelsea Clinton speechless. At a small White House breakfast event, the new president indicated he might end Chicago gang violence personally. After all, didn’t he say black voters they have “nothing to lose” by voting for him?
The president called this a “listening session,” but most were African-Americans in his inner sphere. Some of his best friends are black.
According to the New York Daily News, the photo opportunity allowed Trump to not listen:
‘During the month, we honor the tremendous history of the African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right.’
After hearing Trump’s speech, Clinton chose to remain silent – a class act. One of her readers said:
‘No words, right? There are no words. Actually, here are some words by Frederick Douglass.’
This is…this is… https://t.co/p0Jv4CBa0q
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 1, 2017
Then, the new man in the Oval Office said his good buddy and only black cabinet member, Dr. Ben Carson, went to “a lot of places that I wasn’t so familiar with.” Since Carson grew up in the projects, Trump gave the neurosurgeon Secretary of Housing And Urban Development [HUD.]
Next, Trump started talking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr….well, at least the great man’s bust. A Time journalist mistakenly reported Trump removed a bust of King from the Oval Office. Trump was not unhappy. He was very unhappy with the reporter, and no apology was sufficient. Not only did the new president dump on the man, he had his press secretary, Sean Spicer, chew him up one side and down the other.
God forbid, Trump ever let something go. The New York Daily News reported that Wednesday morning the president basically said enough about King, now about me:
‘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. It’s very unfortunate.’
Then, Trump briefly applauded black heroes, such as the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. According to the New York Daily News, Trump called him:
‘An example of somebody who’s done an amazing job that is being recognized more and more, I notice.’
Republicans not only gave Trump the vote, they gave him a huge megaphone. Hopefully, the GOP will come to regret that as much as the rest of the country. The president called CNN “very hostile:”
‘I don’t like watching fake news. But Fox has treated me very nice. Wherever Fox is, thank you.
‘We’re going to need better schools, and we need ’em soon. We need more jobs, we need better wages, a lot better wages. We’re going to work very hard on the inner city. Ben’s going to be doing that, big league.’
Trump sounded as if he might solve Chicago’s violence problem all by himself:
‘If they’re not gonna solve the problem, and what you’re doing is the right thing, then we’re gonna solve the problem for ’em.
‘They want to work with this administration. They reached out. I didn’t reach out to them … they believe in this administration. They didn’t believe in the prior administration.’
The tweets below include Trump’s Black [Like Me] History Month speech:
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
Featured Image: Getty Images/Win McNamee.