Monday, January 25, 2021

President Trump Claims He Made Juneteenth ‘Very Famous’ After Rally Controversy

Donald Trump hosts a roundtable with faith leaders, law enforcement officials and small business owners at a church in Dallas on June 11, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump hosts a roundtable with faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and small business owners at Gateway Church Dallas Campus in Dallas, Texas, on June 11, 2020. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

*Donald 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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He then asked an aide if she was aware of Juneteenth. She reminded the president that the White House issued statements about the historic day last year, something Trump wasn’t aware of. 

“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement?” he said. “Okay, okay. Good.”

Check out some of the Twitter reactions to Trump claiming that nobody had knowledge of Juneteeth until he planned a rally on the holiday. That rally is now set for June 20. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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