Donald Trump originally scheduled a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 19. That decision brought major backlash because June 19 is Juneteenth a holiday commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, proclaiming all slaves in Texas were now free.
Trump had no idea what Juneteenth was and is now trying to spin the situation by trying to claim that he made the celebrated anniversary “famous.”
During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump stated that a black Secret Service agent told him what the meaning of Juneteenth was after he began receiving backlash about his rally.
“I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump falsely claimed. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
The date of Trump’s rally was not the only issue the location received major criticism as well. In 1921 a white mob murdered black people and burned down a thriving black business district in Tulsa.
Bragging about making Juneteenth famous wasn’t enough for Trump he also went on to claim that he had polled people within his administration and not a single one of them had ever heard of Juneteenth.
Trump then asked an aide he had brought to the Wall Street Journal interview with him if she had ever heard of Juneteenth. The aide informed Trump that a White House statement commemorating the day had gone out each year of his presidency.
“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement? OK, OK. Good,” Trump replied.
It was just another day where Trump once again displayed his ignorance.