President Donald Trump probably doesn’t read the speeches written for him before he goes out and repeats the words in front of an audience. At least, it’s doubtful that he read the speech he gave at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning because, during the speech, he didn’t seem to know the word “abolition” and accidentally attributed the “abolition of civil rights” to religious groups.
He was just reading the speech, so the error really lay with the speechwriter (probably Stephen Miller), but still, the words did come out of Trump’s mouth, and he looked, as usual, like an imbecile.
MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin tweeted a Fox News video clip of Trump saying, “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.”
You can even see him give what almost looks like a tiny shrug when he comes to the word “abolition.”
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
The thing is, in a lot of ways, he’s not wrong. He might not have meant “abolition,” but it is true that many religious groups, like the Evangelicals, have fought long and hard against civil rights for certain people. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all religions or even all Christians, but certain conservative faith-based groups do present huge obstacles to the rights of LGBTQ individuals. They’re the people who claim that being transgender is actually a mental disorder. They’re the ones who are against same-sex marriages and the ones who still oppose the Equal Rights Amendment. Even the First Lady, Karen “Mother” Pence, is currently teaching at a school that bans both gay students and teachers.
Twitter, obviously, went to town over Trump’s error.
Because when you don’t know what any of the words mean...:— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 7, 2019
OMG, he’s never seen this speech before! I hope the speech writers start to screw with him. it would be magic. He even lifted his shoulders like “well….alright, if you say so.”
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) February 7, 2019
how can you expect him to do anything this early? He needs at least 5 hours of executive time before something like this..that or a couple bumps of Adderall…good god
— Wearetalent (@Wearetalent1) February 7, 2019
This is what happens when you wing everything and “go by your gut”. Imagine having had the luxury of skating through life as unprepared and undisciplined as Donald Trump has.
— Executive-Time Bong Hits (@jerweber) 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
(he doesn’t know what abolition means)
— angry_trans_grrl (@freyatheplaya) February 7, 2019
— Donna Desforges (@dldesforges) February 7, 2019
Seems like a good thing to say at a prayer breakfast during Black History Month. pic.twitter.com/qZCddOfzZr
— Sho’Nuff Skywalker (@BreakandEnterTV) February 7, 2019
*blink blink* https://t.co/OCXeaTDnwT— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) February 7, 2019
Is this satire? https://t.co/E25e4lvtO7— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) February 7, 2019
Like a fourth grader tanking an oral report. https://t.co/DZmEIZTEAq— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) February 7, 2019
And even Dictionary.com got in on it, tweeting out the definition of the word “abolition.”
This could be one of the first times that Trump has told the real truth. It’s just too bad it was an accident.
h/t: Friendly Atheist