*Don Lemon said it’s “laughable” that President Donald Trump claims that he made Juneteenth “famous.”
We previously reported… Trump sparked outrage when he originally set June 19 as the date for a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now he’s taking credit for making Juneteenth “very famous.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump addressed the response to that rally and noted, “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” he said. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
June 19 marks the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom, more than two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
At one point in his interview, Trump revealed that he had “polled” the (white) people around him, and “none” had knowledge of the historic date.
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Reacting to Trump’s claim that Americans had no knowledge of Juneteenth prior to his rally controversy, Lemon called Trump’s remarks “laughable” and “sad.”
“The president of the United States should know what Juneteenth is, but this president doesn’t know, and pretending that he did and that he made Juneteenth famous — everyone knows that that is a farce and that it’s what he does on a daily basis,” said Lemon. “It is a lie.”
“He doesn’t know about history in general,” Lemon continued, “so why would he know about something like Juneteenth when it relates to African Americans and the struggle that black people have had in this country?”
During the WSJ interview, one of Trump’s aides had to remind him that White House had released statement about Juneteenth last year.
“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement?” he said. “Okay, okay. Good.”
As noted by PEOPLE, on June 19, 2019, the press release stated, “Melania and I send our best wishes for a memorable celebration to all those commemorating Juneteenth.”
The official statement called it a “joyous day,” adding, “as we vow always to uphold the God-given rights of all Americans, we pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of African Americans.”
Scroll up to watch Don Lemon’s reaction to Trump’s comments via the YouTube clip above.