President Donald Trump on Monday managed to turn a tweet mentioning Martin Luther King Jr. Day into a tribute to the three-year anniversary of his inauguration.
Trump began the tweet by noting that “it was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office.”
“So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY,” he added.
He then went on to boast about the economy and African-American Unemployment. “Trump African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!”
It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office. So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2020
Many twitter users were not happy with the president’s tweet, given his history of inflaming racial tensions, racist rhetoric and pushing the racist Obama birther conspiracy.
It is absolutely infuriating. pic.twitter.com/FODRnj9S17
— Mitchie (@wittywriter) January 20, 2020
Only Trump could make MLK day all about him.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 20, 2020
You finally take a moment (3/4 of the way into the day) to finally address that it is Martin Luther King Jr. Day only to overshadow the man's accomplishment of being able to bring two sides of differing opinions together by producing a "LOVE ME" tweet.
— WhatWhyWhenHow?? (@Laughinginstead) January 20, 2020
You’ve got to laugh when Donald Trump makes a play for the Black and Hispanic vote with employment statistics. President Obama took black unemployment from 17% to 7% and Hispanic unemployment from 13% to 5% but Donald Trump tries to fool everyone and take credit
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) January 20, 2020
remember that time you took out full-page ads calling for the executions of five innocent black teenagers, and to this day you insist that they must still be guilty of *something*? that was pretty awesome bruh. sorry, you were saying something about the legacy of Dr. King?
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 20, 2020
Trump falsely accused President Barack Obama of being born in Kenya and even asked for his long form birth certificate many times. Trump also falsely accused the Central Park 5 of rape and paid the New York Times to publicly call for their brutal executions. Shameful.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 20, 2020
Hours before Trump’s tweet, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that the late civil rights icon would not support impeaching Trump after Conway was asked by a reporter Monday how the president plans to observe the holiday.
“Well, I can tell you that the president is preparing for Davos and agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agreed with for many years, including unity and equality,” she began to respond to the reporter’s question.
“And he’s not the one trying to tear the country apart through an impeachment process and a lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point,” she said.
“I’ve held my opinion on it for a very long time,” Conway continued, “but when you see the articles of impeachment that came out, I don’t think it was within Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged with bribery, extortion, high crimes or misdemeanors.”
“And I think that anybody who cares about ‘and justice for all’ on today or any day of the year will appreciate the fact that the president now will have a full throttle defense on the facts,” she added.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 20, 2020