(Carson is the newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, while Omarosa Manigault was the Trump campaign's director for African-American outreach; the two were seated on either side of Trump.) Colbert also lambasted Trump for listing off other African-American icons, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks, seemingly at random.
In his speech about Black History Month, President Donald Trump referred to Douglass as "an example of somebody who's done an wonderful job and is being recognized more and more, I notice".
I am very proud now that we have a museum, National Mall, where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things, Frederick Doug - Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an awesome job that is being recognized more and more, I notice.More news: FCC scraps net neutrality investigations of AT&T, Verizon, T
While the comment wasn't disrespectful on the surface, it didn't take long for many to wonder if the GOP president even knows who Frederick Douglass is, and furthermore, that Douglass died more than a century ago.
"Well I think there was contributions", Spicer said.
"Based on what Betsy said about him, we could really use Fred's energy around here", Trump said. The accolades are expected during Black History Month. Born a slave, Douglass escaped to freedom at 20-years-old and went onto become one of the leading activists and abolitionists of that time.More news: Senate Finance Committee Advances Price Nomination As Head Of HHS
I'm proud to honor this heritage and will be honoring it more and more. "Let's be honest. This is the same person who left Jews off of the Holocaust Remembrance Day", the Daily Show host, 32, said, referring to Trump's White House statement last month that pointedly left out the word "Jews". The spirit of Douglass is being kept alive on Twitter by the hashtag #realfrederickdouglass. He did not mention the Martin Luther King Jr. Ronald Reagan set the high mark for Republicans in recent history, winning 14 percent of the black vote when he was elected president in 1980. "But that's the way the press is, very unfortunate".
The official also added that the president was mindful of the new addition to the Smithsonian, referencing the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.More news: Turkey Refugee Deal With EU at Risk, Erdogan Adviser Warns