December 6, 2022

Trump just made what may be the worst MLK Day presidential commemoration ever

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When President Trump’s official calendar showed no events scheduled on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, tongues wagged with comments that the president was again rejecting the traditional trappings of his office by ignoring the day dedicated to the memory of the martyred civil rights leader and non-violent protest advocate.


Trump surprised everyone this morning, however, by making an unexpected — if perfunctory  — visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington DC.

Accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence — who faced a torrent of criticism this weekend for using a quote from Dr. King to imply that his values were aligned with Trump’s push to restrict immigration and erect a wall on the Southern border — the president spent almost a full two minutes at the memorial in a visit shorter than the typical restroom trip.

The White House press pool was notified of the visit at the last minute and issued a timeline of Trump’s grudgingly obligatory paying of respect to the slain Reverend that reflected the momentary nature of the president’s contemplation on this day of remembrance.

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The fact that Trump was thoughtful enough to move a wreath two feet from where it had been placed for he and the vice president to briefly carry closer to the memorial demonstrates just how efficient the visit must have been, since the time it took for the two men to take a hold of the wreath and move it must have consumed at least 10 seconds of his time at the site.

Now that President Trump has visited the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the holiday dedicated to the venerated civil rights icon, one expects that he now feels absolved of any charges of supporting white nationalism and relieved of any responsibility for his political agenda which is designed to roll back all of the social progress that Dr. King’s work inspired.

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And they said he didn’t care.

You can watch a video of today’s presidential visit to the MLK memorial in the clip below.

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Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.

Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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