By now, you may have already heard that Trump has absolutely no idea who Frederick Douglass is, and may even think he’s still alive. But as hilarious as that particular gaffe was, it has kind of overshadowed how horribly offensive and racist his entire speech was. It wasn’t just that he clearly had never heard of any black heroes in American history; he couldn’t even bring himself to talk about black people for more than a sentence or two. For Black History Month.
Here’s a transcript of his remarks (via The Concourse), annotated with every tone-deaf and/or outright racist thing he said:
Well, the election, it came out really well. Next time we’ll triple the number or quadruple it. We want to get it over 51, right? At least 51.
So… he’s there to talk about Black History Month, and he starts by talking about his own voter numbers. Good start, good start. I can just imagine Kellyanne standing behind his audience holding up a big sign that says, “REMEMBER TO MENTION BLACK PEOPLE AT SOME POINT.”
Well this is Black History Month, so this is our little breakfast, our little get-together. Hi Lynn, how are you? Just a few notes. During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right?
As Dana Milbank noted in Washington Post, the history of African-Americans is probably limited to America. Just a thought. (Plus, “African-American” isn’t even correct. It’s not like all black people are of African descent.)
And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work, and faith in America.
That is the fucking weirdest way to describe blacks’ history in America. “Sacrifice,” like when they were brought here against their will and treated as subhuman for more than two centuries? You’re making it sound like blacks decided as a collective that the evils of slavery were worth it as long as they got to Make America Great the First Time.
I’ve gotten a real glimpse—during the campaign, I’d go around with Ben to a lot of different places I wasn’t so familiar with. They’re incredible people. And I want to thank Ben Carson, who’s gonna be heading up HUD. That’s a big job. That’s a job that’s not only housing, but it’s mind and spirit. Right, Ben? And you understand, nobody’s gonna be better than Ben.
Note that Ben Carson–BEN CARSON–is the only black person that he mentions in his whole speech and successfully describes what they’ve done.
Last month, we celebrated the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., whose incredible example is unique in American history. You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office. It turned out that that was fake news. Fake news.
Yes, THIS is what’s important about Martin Luther King Jr. This is what we need to talk about. Trump literally spends one sentence on King, one of the most important civil rights activists America has ever had, and goes on to spend nine sentences bandaging his own ego and lashing out at the press.
The statue is cherished, it’s one of the favorite things in the—and we have some good ones. We have Lincoln, and we have Jefferson, and we have Dr. Martin Luther King. But they said the statue, the bust of Martin Luther King, was taken out of the office. And it was never even touched. So I think it was a disgrace, but that’s the way the press is. Very unfortunate.
Oh yes, this is great. He’s like “yeah, King’s statue is great and we love it. In fact, we love it so much, we keep it in the same place as the statues of the white men! One of whom owned slaves!”
I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things. Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.
Forget about thinking that Frederick Douglass is still alive. He literally can’t list one concrete thing that a black American hero has accomplished. I guess that might be too much to expect, since he has always had trouble forming sentences with anything other than adjectives. But still.
I’m proud to honor this heritage and will be honoring it more and more. The folks at the table in almost all cases have been great friends and supporters. Darrell—I met Darrell when he was defending me on television. And the people that were on the other side of the argument didn’t have a chance, right? And Paris has done an amazing job in a very hostile CNN community. He’s all by himself. You’ll have seven people, and Paris. And I’ll take Paris over the seven. But I don’t watch CNN, so I don’t get to see you as much as I used to. I don’t like watching fake news.
“Black people are great because they defend me against mean reporters! See, I have black friends!”
But Fox has treated me very nice. Wherever Fox is, thank you.
“I’m going to take this opportunity on the first day of Black History Month to thank… Fox News!”
We’re gonna need better schools and we need them soon. We need more jobs, we need better wages, a lot better wages. We’re gonna work very hard on the inner city. Ben is gonna be doing that, big league. That’s one of the big things that you’re gonna be looking at. We need safer communities and we’re going to do that with law enforcement. We’re gonna make it safe. We’re gonna make it much better than it is right now. Right now it’s terrible…
“Let’s fix the crime problem by worsening the police brutality problem! That should work, right? I blew off that WH briefing.”
I’m ready to do my part, and I will say this: We’re gonna work together. This is a great group, this is a group that’s been so special to me. You really helped me a lot. If you remember I wasn’t going to do well with the African-American community, and after they heard me speaking and talking about the inner city and lots of other things, we ended up getting—and I won’t go into details—but we ended up getting substantially more than other candidates who had run in the past years. And now we’re gonna take that to new levels.
I want to thank my television star over here—Omarosa’s actually a very nice person, nobody knows that. I don’t want to destroy her reputation but she’s a very good person, and she’s been helpful right from the beginning of the campaign, and I appreciate it. I really do. Very special.
“And finally, I want to thank the most important and heroic black American of all… Omarosa!”
So I want to thank everybody for being here.