President Donald Trump, speaking to religious leaders at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning, made a noticeable mistake that social media were quick to point out immediately upon the President making his comment.
While highlighting the positive contributions of religious leaders over the course of American history, Trump mistakenly suggested that the “abolition of civil rights” was chief among those leaders’ accomplishments.
“Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights, to extending the vote for women, have been led by people of faith and started in prayer,” Trump said, per reporting from The Independent.
Trump says that some of America's greatest accomplishments, including the "abolition of civil rights," have been led by people of faith. Via Fox pic.twitter.com/Gqa8e74jLz
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 7, 2019
It’s likely that Trump meant to separately praise the ideals of abolitionists during the 19th century and laud the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. His combining them together, in a way that would seem to promote the ideal of removing those rights, was probably a slip-up.
However, Trump may still have to explain himself, especially given comments he made before his State of the Union address earlier this week.
In a private luncheon with television journalists hours before the speech on Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Trump said he was looking forward to the 2020 campaign, especially if former Vice President Joe Biden became the Democratic Party’s nominee to run against him. Trump, in particular, was excited about that prospect because Biden, he said, was prone to making gaffes that the president could use to his advantage.
Trump, known to make gaffes himself, said that he did so with purpose and that the media misreported him making rhetorical mistakes.
“[Biden’s] gaffes are unbelievable,” Trump said during the luncheon. “When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.”
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