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#TrumpBlackHistory May Already Be 2017’s Most Hysterical Twitter Trend

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We can’t believe we’re writing this, but is it even remotely conceivable that Donald Trump and his press secretary Sean Spicer think noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass is still alive? The celebrated writer, orator and statesmen died back in 1895, but that didn’t stop President Trump from speaking of Douglass as if he were still alive during a Black History Month speech earlier this week. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

We’re sure that despite that awkward wording, Trump knew that Douglass had been dead for over a hundred years. Thankfully his press secretary made sense of the speech later. “I think he wants to highlight the contributions that [Douglass] has made,” Sean Spicer responded when pressed for an explanation on his boss’ quote. “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.”

What in the world does that even mean? We spent hours trying to figure it out ourselves, but thankfully, folks on Twitter helped us make sense of the language. Apparently, our collective understanding of Black History is flawed, and Trump is rewriting history with more colorful, alternative fact. This movement has been deemed by Twitter as #TrumpBlackHistory and we have to say, it’s pretty damn amazing. Thank you, Donald.

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