After disrespecting the holiday of Juneteenth and claiming to have made the holiday famous, Donald Trump shouldn’t even dare to mention this historic day. His daughter and the face of nepotism in America, Ivanka Trump, tried doing so and was immediately shut down by Twitter.
First, Ivanka has the history wrong. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed a full two and half years prior to Juneteenth, when Union General Gordon Granger announced that slavery would no longer be legal in Texas. “News” of the Emancipation Proclamation hadn’t just “reached” Galveston. It was simply ignored for more than two years.
‘Juneteenth traces its origins back to Galveston, Texas where on June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major Gen. Gordon Granger landed in the city with news that the Civil War had ended and slaves were now free. The announcement came two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of Jan. 1, 1863 that had ended slavery in the U.S. However, since that proclamation was made during the Civil War, it was ignored by Confederate states and it wasn’t until the end of the war that the Executive Order was enforced in the South.’
A push to make Juneteenth a national holiday has been underway for many years, but Ivanka’s father, who has repeatedly called peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters “thugs” and “scum,” claimed to be solely responsible for making it a famous day. After taking credit for pretty much everything black Americans have done, including the first black president, no one is interested in hearing Ivanka’s thoughts.
Twitter made that well known in the comments. Read some of their response below:
Featured image screenshot via YouTube