February is Black History Month, and to prove that Trump cares “bigly” about black history, he attended a Black History Month ‘Listening Session’ at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and gave props to, among others, Frederick Douglass, 19th century black abolitionist leader and the first black citizen to hold a high-ranking position in the United States government.
Except, apparently, nobody told Trump that Douglass died in 1895, or that he is well-known to anyone that’s moved beyond the third grade level or cracked opened a history book, pretty much ever.
Speaking as though Douglass simply had Zumba class that day and couldn’t make it to the event in order to be recognized in person, Trump stated, “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”
Though unconfirmed, there is speculation that the sheer ignorance of that moment reverberated through the room and so far back in time that even Douglass himself looks incredibly disappointed in Trump’s bumbling attempt at connecting with the African American population.
Yes, that really happened.