Juneteenth: The Holiday That Trump Made Famous


Sometimes you just have to shake your head and laugh. President Trump loves to boast of his accomplishments. Some are real, however most are imagined. Furthermore, he loves to boast of his accomplishments for African Americans. Including last month, when black unemployment went up. Now, the President is taking credit to alerting the nation to this holiday called Juneteenth.

This whole thing comes from the President scheduling a rally in Tulsa for June 19th. He received criticism because it falls, of course, on Juneteenth. His press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tried to defend the choice by talking about what a big fan the President is of the holiday.

“The African American community is very near and dear to his heart. At these rallies he often shares the great work he has done for minority communities. He’s working on rectifying injustices … So, it’s a meaningful day to him, and it’s a day where wants to share some of the progress that’s been made as we look forward and more that needs to be done.”

Spoiler alert!

She was lying through her teeth. In fairness, you probably already knew that. However, we now have proof compliments of the Wall Street Journal. President Trump was being interviewed when he said the following.

“I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump said. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”

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He then tried to boost his point that nobody had ever heard of it. Hence, he asked an aide if she had ever heard of it. She informed him that she indeed had. Moreover, she had heard of it when the White House put out a statement… last year. To which the President replied…

“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement? OK, OK. Good.”

President Trump

Did President Trump make Juneteenth famous?


Apparently not to himself. And I love the third person reference there. The palpable surprise. “The Trump White House put out a statement?”. I’m not sure that he was shocked that his racially insensitive administration had done such a thing. Perhaps he was simply surprised that there was such a thing as a White House Statement.

To be fair, perhaps he is correct. Maybe he did just make Juneteenth famous. Here’s the process.

  • Schedule a rally for Juneteenth.
  • Pretend it’s your favorite holiday.
  • Accidentally expose the fact that you has never heard about it.
  • Interview goes viral because it exposes your mental lapse.
  • Juneteenth rides along into fame.

Now all I need is for a supporter to tell me that he planned it that way. Moreover, I should praise him for his willingness to look completely clueless just to raise awareness of Juneteenth. That’s how much he cares about the White House. Oops. I meant black voters.

Happy Juneteenth.

I figured I should offer a Juneteenth greeting to all of my readers. Especially to my African American readers, now that the President alerted you to the existence of the holiday. And don’t forget, you’ll have the chance to give him 4 more years in November. Who knows what else he might teach you? Or learn. One of those.

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