On Wednesday, Trump made a Black History Month speech that sure left a lot of people wondering whether Donald Trump could name more than five black people if he were asked. Then, he made some weird remarks about Frederick Douglass in which he referred to the long-dead abolitionist in the present tense. Douglass was described as "an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice." And naturally, the internet destroyed him over that.
But what is perhaps stranger, is White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's explanation and defense of Donald Trump's statements on Douglass, which occurred later in the day at a press conference. Spicer, whose express job is to act as a spokesperson for the White House administration and speak eloquently when questioned by the media, said this: "I think he wants to highlight the contributions that he has made, and I think through a lot of the actions and statements that he's going to make, I think the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more."
I think I might mail them each a copy of The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, which I read in the sixth grade. Who are we kidding, I should just give them the link to the Sparknotes.
Watch the video, via TPM, here and become even more afraid than you already were: