Donald Trump’s Juneteenth Tweeting: Mocking Slavery, Threatening, Boasting

After rescheduling a rally because of backlash over timing it for Juneteenth, the day celebrated as the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, Donald Trump then took time out the morning of that day — June nineteenth — to retweet a post mocking the long-term repercussions of slavery. As the nation moves to cease honoring those who fought to keep slavery alive, the president shared a tweet mocking and suggesting that Washington, DC would be targeted for renaming, because George Washington owned slaves.

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On the morning of Juneteenth, rather than a post about repairing the nation’s racial disparity, Trump retweeted a Breitbart editor’s post mocking the name changes that have been enacted or called for on government buildings, schools, streets, military bases, and other locations that still honor Confederate generals and other people who fought for the right to own human beings. Adding his own commentary to the tweet, he turned it into a partisan political statement.

There’s an ongoing debate across the nation about monuments, memorials, and other dedications that celebrate those who fought to keep the institution of slavery ongoing. Trump’s press secretary has said that the administration will not even consider renaming army bases that carry the names of Confederate generals.

Trump didn’t stop there. He also tweeted to boast that lines are already forming for the rally that was originally planned for Juneteenth, despite his moving it to the next day.

He also took the time to threaten “protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters [and] lowlifes” — after weeks of violent interactions, including peaceful protestors being hit with chemical warfare in the street ni front of the White House so Trump could have a photo op.

To recap that, Trump threatened protestors, in Tulsa Oklahoma, on Juneteenth — which, besides being the anniversary of emancipation, is also the commemoration of the massacre in Tulsa, when, in 1921, an angry white mob murdered black citizens and burned black-owned businesses and homes. History.com describes it as “one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history,” tallying up around 1256 houses burned, more than another 200 looted, and 36 deaths as a low estimate.

The White House released an official presidential statement on Juneteenth, with a promise of recognizing the dignity and freedom of all, and to strive for high ideals.

This Juneteenth, we commit, as one Nation, to live true to our highest ideals and to build always toward a freer, stronger country that values the dignity and boundless potential of all Americans.

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