Donald Trump’s Black History Remarks with commentary by Brent Mustard.
This morning President Trump held an event at the White House in honor of Black History Month. Here are some excerpts from his remarks. Brent Mustard will walk us through the play-by-play of this well-played game.
Here we are in the month of February, ready for the kick off of Black History Month and Donald Trump is ready to hit the publish stage. You know, in the election, he struggled to connect with black voters, but now that he’s elected, we’re hoping that he can break out of his slump and get his stats up. Let’s take a listen to his opening remarks.
Donald Trump: “Well this is Black History Month, so this is our little breakfast, our little get-together. Hi Lynn, how are you? Just a few notes. During this month, we honor the tremendous history of African-Americans throughout our country. Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right?”
Brent Mustard: Whoa, off to a great start there. I like how he calls it “our little breakfast, our little get-together.” Disarming charm and he downplays the event, so as not to give anyone the impression that it’s too big of a deal. Really puts everyone at ease. And then he ad-libs the poignant “Throughout the world, if you really think about it, right?” Lets us know he’s thinking on his feet. And all of this, using only words that your average 3rd grader could understand. Impressive start.
Donald Trump: “And their story is one of unimaginable sacrifice, hard work, and faith in America. I’ve gotten a real glimpse—during the campaign, I’d go around with Ben to a lot of different places I wasn’t so familiar with.”
Brent Mustard: Trump nails it by sticking just to the facts. Unimaginable sacrifice is absolutely right. And hard work? That is an understatement. And faith in America? Yes, African-Americans have been here for hundreds of years so they obviously have faith in America, otherwise they wouldn’t have stayed so long, right? Of course, there are always a few who will try to draw attention to injustices by taking to the streets in protest over and over and over again. But overall African-Americans seem to have a lot of faith in America. That’s exactly why they love Trump. He has faith in America too. And he’s going to make it even better.
Donald Trump: “Last month, we celebrated the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., whose incredible example is unique in American history. You read all about Dr. Martin Luther King a week ago when somebody said I took the statue out of my office. It turned out that that was fake news. Fake news.”
Brent Mustard: A key play, right there. Taking the example of MLK Jr. and using it to call attention to his critics. He turns it right around and take the opportunity to defend himself from his haters. And he does it all with the sample phrase “fake news.” You gotta love how that just rolls off the tongue.
Donald Trump: “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 being recognized more and more, I noticed. Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.”
Brent Mustard: We are deep into the heart of the remarks now. He’s in the zone. Shooting from the hip. Time to free associate Black Americans who have made a “big impact” on America. Harriet Tubman. Rosa Parks. And Frederick Douglass did indeed do “an amazing job.” I like the tone here. It’s like they could almost be buddies. Or his employees. Frederick Douglass did an amazing job. Real good worker. And he is being recognized more and more. Donald Trump should also be recognized more and more for his acknowledgement of these historical figures. He seems to know them well. He could easily do a five minute oral report on them. And get an A plus. Amazing job. Big impact.
Donald Trump: “I’m proud to honor this heritage and will be honoring it more and more. The folks at the table in almost all cases have been great friends and supporters. Darrell—I met Darrell when he was defending me on television. And the people that were on the other side of the argument didn’t have a chance, right?”
Brent Mustard: Trump lets us know that he’s a supporter of “this heritage.” And that he will be honoring it more and more. Makes you realize there is more coming. Just more and more. And then he gives the great example of Darrell and shows again, how Darrell is awesome. Because Darrell was defending Trump on television. We now see the value of Darrell, who defends Trump. How can you not like a guy like that? He deserves to be honored.
Donald Trump: “We’re gonna need better schools and we need them soon. We need more jobs, we need better wages, a lot better wages. We’re gonna work very hard on the inner city. Ben is gonna be doing that, big league. That’s one of the big things that you’re gonna be looking at. We need safer communities and we’re going to do that with law enforcement. We’re gonna make it safe. We’re gonna make it much better than it is right now. Right now it’s terrible, and I saw you talking about it the other night, Paris, on something else that was really—you did a fantastic job the other night on a very unrelated show.”
Brent Mustard: This is the KO right here, folks. Trump shows us what has made him so dominant this past year — his ability to relate to the common folk and talk in simple generalities. We’re gonna need better schools. We’re gonna work very hard on the inner city. We’re gonna make it safe. Not bogging people down with details or specific information. Keeping it super easy to understand.
Donald Trump: “So I want to thank everybody for being here.”
Brent Mustard: Trump scores again with a textbook technique to end his book report, I mean his speech. Nothing too fancy. Just reassuring everyone know that he knows exactly what he’s talking about.
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