Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.. People across the country have been paying tribute to King and his legacy. Unfortunately, Donald Trump has made a contribution of his own.
In a minute-long video message, Trump, a white supremacist who clearly prefers statues of dead white slave owners over living people of color, commemorated Dr. King with an empty, rushed, watered-down bit about honoring King’s memory.
As footage of King plays, a very red-faced Trump, who clearly does not want to be doing this, says in part:
“On this cherished day, we honor the memory of the Reverend King, and we rededicate ourselves to a glorious future where every American from every walk of life can live free from fear, liberated from hatred, and uplifted by boundless love for their fellow citizens.”
Not only is there no direct reference to black people or their struggles, but Trump pulls an “all lives matter” similar to his daughter’s Black History Month tweet. Also, Trump seems to have deemed the day of King’s murder a “cherished day,” the kind of Freudian grammatical snafu that is perfectly on brand for him.