Donald Trump and Sean Spicer both have no idea who Frederick Douglass is

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Today Donald Trump made the rare move of trying to “sound presidential” when he spoke today at an event celebrating Black History Month. Suffice it to say that it didn’t go well for him. If you know anything about nineteenth century American history, you know that Frederick Douglass is one of the most central and most renowned figures in the abolitionist movement. But it appears Trump may have been absent on that day, because his remarks about Douglass suggest he has no idea who the guy is. For that matter neither does Sean Spicer.

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Here’s what Donald Trump said during his Black History Month remarks today: “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 getting recognized more and more.”

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This is what you say about someone you’ve never heard of. It’s how you generically speak when you’re trying to keep anyone from noticing that you don’t know a singe thing about the person in question. So it then became Spicer’s job to clean up Trump’s mess, and instead he stepped in it as well.

Here’s what Sean Spicer subsequently said in a briefing today while trying to explain away Donald Trump’s earlier vapid remarks about Douglas: “I think the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more.” That’s right, Spicer has no idea who Douglass is either — and he merely repeated his boss’s words in his own attempt at covering up for it. It’s time for both of them to read up on an American hero.

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