Kayleigh McEnany Claims “Juneteenth” Means A Lot To Trump
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is making the claim that “Juneteenth” is very dear to President Trump. This comes after Trump all but promised that military bases named after Confederate generals would not be renamed. McEnany made the claim at Thursday’s press conference where she said that Juneteenth is a “meaningful day.”
What is interesting is that McEnany did not even say what the holiday means. The day celebrates when enslaved blacks finally found out that they were free, although, they had already been freed two years earlier on Jan. 1st 1863. McEnany said, “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.”
This outlook of Trump’s attitude towards the black community does not seem to mesh with some of his past rhetoric. Lauren Floyd of the Daily Kos points out that Trump called a black man a “thug” at one of his rallies in 2016. Floyd also pointed out Trump’s rhetoric against black protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. He called the protests, “riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country.”
Trump is also committed to honoring the Confederacy by not renaming military bases named after their generals. He said in a tweet on Wednesday that his “Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations.”
McEnany continued to claim that Trump was, “working on rectifying injustices” and sees Juneteenth as a chance to, “share some of the progress that’s been made as we look forward and more that needs to be done.” She added, “this president got criminal justice reform done.”
The other part that has many on fire is the location of the rally. Tulsa, Oklahoma was the site of the horrifying “Black Wall Street Massacre,” when in 1921 over 300 blacks were murdered by white rioters. Sen. Kamala Harris had this to say in a tweet on Thursday, “This isn’t just a wink to white supremacists — he’s throwing them a welcome home party.”
It does not seem that anyone in the black community will be convinced by McEnany.