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
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) 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.
They pointed out that many civil rights have been withheld or abolished citing religious grounds.
he's actually, accidentally, telling the truth pic.twitter.com/YpWewjef0m
— j (@lildickybutts) February 7, 2019
This is one of the few times he told the truth. Evangelical Christians have been fighting against civil rights for decades. pic.twitter.com/3g6SJXLURZ
— StopHimNow (@Saintsfan5348) February 7, 2019
I for one find it hard to believe that almost 98% of his life is a purposeful gaffe.
Let's just agree he's kind of an idiot who makes a ton of mistakes with "getting it right occasionally" being one of them
— Rap Bastardz 🌊 (@RapBastardz) February 7, 2019
This is not a gaffe. He says what he means. It is intentional. He told us so yesterday.
— Betsy Robbins (@BetsyAnnRobbins) February 7, 2019
Actions the administration has taken, including locking children in cages, speak to the intent of Trump’s flock. And, given that the crusades against equality, voting rights, access to health care, and women’s right to chose, for example, are all led by right-wingers like Vice President Mike Pence claiming to be people of faith.
It wasn't a gaffe. He plans on abolishing civil right.
— Groove Extraction (@GrooveExtract) February 7, 2019
Yes. I believe he meant exactly what he said.
— Michael Sheffield (@mtsheffield) February 7, 2019
And, I think he has finally spoken the truth–he is hoping for the abolition of civil rights–he is working hard toward that goal.
— Joyce Lynn Garrett (@JLG1017) February 7, 2019
The abolition of civil rights is in no way an accomplishment, well, okay, except from the perspective of white supremacy/fascism. Trump shows his true colors at every turn.
— Jim Dollar (@JimDollar) February 7, 2019
That's kind of you, Mr Frum.
Perhaps it's more likely that Donald struggles with the idea of PoC *having* civil liberties at all. @realDonaldTrump learned at his father's knee that they don't in Trump buildings….
— Dia Staines (@The8treGirl) February 7, 2019
Maybe his base should reexamine their bibles.