Trump To WSJ: “I Did Something Good. I Made Juneteenth Very Famous.”
President Donald Trump took credit for making Juneteenth more popular during a Wednesday interview in the Oval Office with The Wall Street Journal.
- According to The Journal, “Trump said a black Secret Service agent told him the meaning of Juneteenth as the president was facing criticism for initially planning to hold his first campaign rally in three months on the day.”
- Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
- That rally is slated to take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, “where, in 1921, a mob of white residents attacked and killed black community members, destroying a thriving black business district.”
- After African-American leaders told Trump it was insensitive to hold a rally on Juneteenth amid ongoing racial protests, the president moved the date to June 20, the day after.
- Trump said no one knew about Juneteenth before the controversy and claimed he brought awareness to it:
“I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Mr. Trump said, referring to news coverage of the rally date. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
- The Journal said that “Trump paused the interview to ask an aide if she had heard of Juneteenth, and she pointed out that the White House had issued a statement last year commemorating the day”
- The publication also noted that “Trump’s White House has put out statements on Juneteenth during each of his first three years” — a fact that seemed to be news to Trump.
“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement?” Mr. Trump said. “Ok, ok. Good.”