President Donald Trump’s apparent gaffe during his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast turned heads on social media when he told an audience of global religious leaders that America’s greatest accomplishments include the “abolition of civil rights.”
“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,” the president said on Thursday.
“When we open our hearts to faith, we fill our hearts with love,” he added.
Trump attended the breakfast with First Lady Melania Trump, where speakers addressed the level of division in the country and what one described as a “fracturing of the American family.”
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
The gaffe did not go unnoticed on social media:
Freudian slip or moment of honesty?🤔
“From the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides, from gaining our independence to the abolition of civil rights…were achieved by people of faith.”#NationalPrayerBreakfast
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) February 7, 2019
The script seems to have called on Trump to reference "abolition of slavery AND civil rights" … but as you watch him, he seems to struggle with reading it https://t.co/Knqq5KgQoY
— David Frum (@davidfrum) February 7, 2019
“Abolition of civil rights”? Did he actually say that or is it doctored?
— still small voice (@SusanMedrock) February 7, 2019
Trump finally said something honest at the National Prayer Breakfast.
When you've got kids in cages and refuse asylum seekers who are already in the country, "abolition of civil rights" pretty much covers it. #thursdaymotivation #thursdaythoughtspic.twitter.com/9Qj1dg4hAJ
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) February 7, 2019