President Donald Trump this week raised some eyebrows when he described abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass as “somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”
Seth Meyers noted on Thursday night that not only did Trump not appear to know who Frederick Douglass was, but he also seemed to think that Douglass was still alive.
“Keep your eye on the Fred Douglass kid, he’s going places,” Meyers joked while doing his best Trump impression. “Fred Douglass is an up-and-comer.”
As if that weren’t bad enough, Meyers then slammed White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for similarly seeming to have no clue who Douglass was, and for also making it sound as though Douglass was still alive.
“Who among us wouldn’t panic if asked to recite stuff we learned in high school?” Meyers asked rhetorically. “But how did you not have time between the president’s comments and your press briefing to Google Frederick Douglass? And not his whole biography, but simple stuff like, ‘Is Frederick Douglass alive?'”
Check out the whole segment below.
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About a year and a half since its passage, the criticisms are looking apt. And none of the supposed benefits promised by Republicans — moderate and extremist alike — have materialized. No boom in business investment, no supercharged wages, and no phenomenal jobs growth.
In fact, as new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act appears to have done even less on the “jobs” side of the equation than we previously thought.
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‘It’s always dread with President Trump’: CNN analyst says G7 leaders are revolted they have to meet with Trump again
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," reporter Abby Phillip said that world leaders are feeling "dread" about the prospect of meeting with President Donald Trump after his latest round of erratic behavior on the world stage.
"There is a big test on foreign relations for President Trump this weekend," said host Brianna Keilar. "He's going to the G7. He, Abby, is headed there after insulting Denmark by pulling out of a state visit, keeping in mind that Denmark is a key intel and military ally of the U.S. What is the mood going into this forum?"
"Honestly, it's always dread with President Trump," said Phillip.