Between Tamron Hallgetting ousted from NBCin exchange for Megyn Kelly and this absurd BHM chit chat at the White House, Black History Month is surely starting off with a side-eye filled bang. Donald Trump (and everybody who had a hand in this foolishness) gets Foolywang of the Day for this Black History Month meeting. Find out why inside...
Flanked by "his" two blacks, as Donald apparently likes to call melanated folks, Trump sat at a conference table in the White House today and gave the emptiest speech about Black History Month. Did we expect a full out event? Nope, not yet at least. We don't expect anything from this Administration to be honest. But, if you're going to address Black History Month, either say something of substance or don't say ish at all.
Instead, Donald decided to focus on why "we gotta help these inner cities" because, apparently, blacks are synonymous with the inner city. Apparently, no one else lives in the inner city but blacks.
He focused on Frederick Douglass, and by focused on we mean he said a couple sentences making it sound like he wasn't even sure himself whether Mr. Douglass was still alive.
He also thanked his black employees for helping him meet blacks on the campaign trail, and pledging to get more black votes in the future. Oh, and he thanked Rev. MLK Jr. Almost like an afterthought, because he may have just remembered he chatted with MLK III a few weeks ago.
We can't figure out if it's more sad that Trump is so clueless as to who, exactly, the African American community is or what we stand for, or that his two black, highly educated (which apparently doesn't mean much) employees he hired in his administration are willing participants in the f**kery.
Where did he get these other attendees from anyway? We're told they are "local changemakers." And as with anything Trump related, there's no explanation into what that means. We did notice many were black church folk. Maybe the same pastors from that black church leader meeting with Trump last year.
We digress. Get into this transcript from the President below:
Well, the election, it came out really well. Next time we’ll triple the number or quadruple it. We want to get it over 51, right? At least 51.
Well this is Black History Month, so this is our little breakfast, our little get-together. Hi Lynn, how are you? Just a few notes. During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right? And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work, and faith in America. I’ve gotten a real glimpse—during the campaign, I’d go around with Ben to a lot of different places I wasn’t so familiar with. They’re incredible people. And I want to thank Ben Carson, who’s gonna be heading up HUD. That’s a big job. That’s a job that’s not only housing, but it’s mind and spirit. Right, Ben? And you understand, nobody’s gonna be better than Ben.
Last month, we celebrated the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., whose incredible example is unique in American history. You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office. It turned out that that was fake news. Fake news. The statue is cherished, it’s one of the favorite things in the—and we have some good ones. We have Lincoln, and we have Jefferson, and we have Dr. Martin Luther King. But they said the statue, the bust of 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.
I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things. Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.
I’m proud to honor this heritage and will be honoring it more and more. The folks at the table in almost all cases have been great friends and supporters. Darrell—I met Darrell when he was defending me on television. And the people that were on the other side of the argument didn’t have a chance, right? And Paris has done an amazing job in a very hostile CNN community. He’s all by himself. You’ll have seven people, and Paris. And I’ll take Paris over the seven. But I don’t watch CNN, so I don’t get to see you as much as I used to. I don’t like watching fake news. But Fox has treated me very nice. Wherever Fox is, thank you.
We’re gonna need better schools and we need them soon. We need more jobs, we need better wages, a lot better wages. We’re gonna work very hard on the inner city. Ben is gonna be doing that, big league. That’s one of the big things that you’re gonna be looking at. We need safer communities and we’re going to do that with law enforcement. We’re gonna make it safe. We’re gonna make it much better than it is right now. Right now it’s terrible, and I saw you talking about it the other night, Paris, on something else that was really—you did a fantastic job the other night on a very unrelated show.
I’m ready to do my part, and I will say this: We’re gonna work together. This is a great group, this is a group that’s been so special to me. You really helped me a lot. If you remember I wasn’t going to do well with the African-American community, and after they heard me speaking and talking about the inner city and lots of other things, we ended up getting—and I won’t go into details—but we ended up getting substantially more than other candidates who had run in the past years. And now we’re gonna take that to new levels. I want to thank my television star over here—Omarosa’s actually a very nice person, nobody knows that. I don’t want to destroy her reputation but she’s a very good person, and she’s been helpful right from the beginning of the campaign, and I appreciate it. I really do. Very special.
So I want to thank everybody for being here.
A black history speech from David Duke likely would have been more informing and riveting. We would have been less annoyed if there was an imbecilic KFC vs. Popeyes chicken tasting contest. THAT is how ridiculous Trump's "speech" was today.
By the way, Dr. Ben Carson sailed through his confirmation hearing for Secretary of housing and urban development. One of his major focuses? Once he figures them out, we'll tell you. But back in 2015, he wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times saying the Fair Housing Act -- which prevents the LONG standing tradition of housing discrimination in America -- is not needed:
"These government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality create consequences that often make matters worse," Carson wrote in the Times. "Based on the history of failed socialist experiments in this country, entrusting the government to get it right can prove downright dangerous."
Happy Black History Month!