This morning President Donald Trump visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture as part of his efforts to recognize Black History Month. However, after giving a few obviously prepared remarks that were suitably respectful Trump went off script and started bragging about himself.
Trump suddenly pointed out Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, a Republican black man, and said, “A friend of mine, a great, great senator from South Carolina. I like the state of South Carolina. I like all those states where I won by double, double, double digits.”
Trump could not make it through a short speech and question-answer session without talking about the only success he has had – his presidential win (in which he failed to win the popular vote by almost 3 million votes). So far his presidency has been an undeniable disaster defined by chaos and ineptitude.
We all know Trump cares more about his ego than any topic of substance like the history of Black America, so of course he retreated to talking about election numbers. Maybe in his own twisted way he honored Black History Month by beginning his rambling boast with an acknowledgement of a black senator?
Trump explained that the Museum is “about love.” Is it really about love, or is it about a long hard fight against the brutalities of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism? And somehow, since this museum is “about love,” Trump believes his unconstitutional Muslim ban is justified.
Trump concluded his statements by saying the Museum can’t “be duplicated” because it was created with “love and lots of money. Lots and lots of money. We can’t avoid that.” Trump’s brain is always on money, never not on money, he loves lots and lots of money.
Twitter has roundly criticized Trump for his insensitivity and inability to grasp what the African American History Museum actually stands for:
at the national museum of african-american history, donald trump will find an exhibit on john lewis, who he smeared as all talk, no action pic.twitter.com/TDzV1ZTwej
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 21, 2017
Trump went to the African-American history museum today.
Or, in his mind, definitive proof he’s the “least racist person ever.”
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) February 21, 2017
Trump says the National Museum of African American History “is about love.” Is it?
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) February 21, 2017
If Pres. Trump really wants to end racism in America, he can start by removing Steve Bannon from the White House. https://t.co/NChY9WsYMj
— G. K. Butterfield (@GKButterfield) February 21, 2017
Trump made sure to have Ben Carson RIGHT behind him in the shot in his visit to the African American Museum and now he's fake praising him.
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 21, 2017
Hey Donald Trump, your visit to African American Museum was an insult to all African Americans.Do you remember this? https://t.co/CwTATwWepS
— Voice of Reason (@raggapegs) February 21, 2017
Only Trump could make a visit to the African American History Museum all about him. ("I love those states where I won by double digits.")
— Christa DiNapoli (@ChristaDiNapoli) February 21, 2017
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.