Trump Says He Heard Frederick Douglass Was Alive from Betsy DeVos

I have here in front of me, a transcript of Donald Trump's remarks at a White House Black History Month event this morning. "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an incredible job and is being recognized more and more, I notice".

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Well the election, it came out really well. "I didn't think it was something they would cover or pay attention to", she told On The Coast host Stephen Quinn.

"From his comments, it seemed pretty clear that not only did Trump not know who Frederick Douglass was, he also seemed to think Douglass, who died in 1895, might still be alive", Meyers said.

Douglass was-and continues to be-widely well-known internationally.

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. Just like with many of his casinos and hotels, President Donald Trump, 70, has chose to take a pre-existing institution and slap his own branding on it, as TMZ reports Trump's changing the name of the month dedicated to celebrating America's finest citizens of color. In a month meant to highlight black accomplishment, the vice president chose to reference only black oppression.

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The bust is "cherished", he insisted, and one of "the favourite things" alongside busts of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson, who previously held the office Trump now does. "This is why the press is failing and it's failing very, very badly".

"Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and "millions more black Americans who made America what it is today", Trump said".

Douglass was, and will always be a respected and widely known figure in African-American history.

First of all, African Americans have suffered erasure and exclusion in many ways; does the President's ignorance have an impact?

TMZ edited their article to state that "Donald Trump, turns out, did not officially change Black History Month to National African American History's been that way for decades".

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