Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Donald Trump raised eyebrows in a statement about American greatness.
While crediting faith leaders for the last century of social progress in the United States, the president said that one of the greatest achievements has been 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,” Trump said. “When we open our hearts to faith we fill our hearts with love.”
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
According to reports following the event, the president’s script mentioned “abolition of slavery and civil rights,” though he clearly omitted the first part.
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
The slip came only two days after Trump said he never makes gaffes.
“I hope it’s Biden,” Trump said on Tuesday of the potential 2020 matchup. “Biden was never very smart. He was a terrible student. His gaffes are unbelievable. When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.”
Quite the Freudian slip.
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. (@QasimRashid) February 7, 2019
@realDonaldTrump is the Chief Idiot of all Idiots. "abolition of civil rights" was a Freudian slip.
— Herb Pounds (@hepinsa) February 7, 2019
"abolition of civil rights"???
Freudian slip there Donny.#dodgydon
— andy roxburgh (@pandyinfrance) February 7, 2019
You're proud of the abolition of civil rights? Nice Freudian slip there.
— Neo Cortex (@Neo_Cortex_PhD) February 7, 2019
Is the president okay?
How's the "abolition of civil rights" coming along. Also very #LowEnergy
— Merkin Muffley (@WillieStarkUSA) February 7, 2019
The best part was when you praised the abolition of civil rights!?!?!?! Moron – quite accurate
— Large (@BLarge) February 7, 2019
You said that “the abolition of civil rights” is a great achievement. You are unwell.
— riotsquirrel (@riotsquirl) February 7, 2019
Some, however, think the president’s comment was accurate.