Trump's Black History Month Discussion Turned Weird Fast


Donald Trump commemorated the start of Black History Month in a very Donald Trump way.

During an event formally touted as the "African American History Month listening session," the president sat in a room filled with notable black supporters, and praised notable icons in black history.

But he also did so while calling out media organizations, in a during a 10-minute photo op that was filled with questionable statements.

Here are the most notable of them:


Reading from a prepared statement, President Trump started off talking about the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He said,

Then, he looked up from his paper, and veered off into rant about fake news, saying,

What Trump is referring to is a report from a Time reporter that was retracted within minutes and apologized for. It's worth noting Trump's press secretary accepted the apology.

It's also worth noting this literally has nothing to do with Black History Month.

Frederick Douglass getting "recognized more."

Trump singled out Frederick Douglass for praise.

The manner in which he did it -- saying that a man who died in the 19th century is getting "recognized more" all of the sudden  -- was odd, which really begs the question:

Not entirely sure the answer is yes.

Calling CNN "fake news"

While noting the presence of Paris Dennard, a Trump supporter who contributes for CNN, the president added a caveat.

Here's it's worth pointing out that Trump began calling CNN "fake news" after they reported that the nation's intelligence officials had been discussing possibility that Russia could have dirt on Trump.

And then Joe Biden confirmed CNN's report was true.

So much for "fake news."

This, too, had nothing to do with Black History Month.

But he thanked Fox News.

Trump said,

For their "fair and balanced" coverage, one would presume.

This also had nothing to do with Black History Month.

And, apparently, gang members in Chicago want to work with Trump.

The strangest part of the meeting? When a pastor told Trump he'd been contacted by "top gang thugs" who want to work with the administration and have more faith in this president than Obama.

Strange times man.

But while Trump went out of his way to create unnecessary headlines, here's what's actually most important among things he said.


I'd be lying to you if I said there's any reason to believe Donald Trump and Ben Carson would do that. And I'd also be lying if I didn't point out there are notable signs to suggest the contrary will happen.

But for the love of God, I hope he delivers on that promise.

Citations: Deadspin