On Wednesday, President Donald Trump honored Juneteenth, the commemoration of the day in 1865 when all slaves were officially freed.
"For millions of African Americans, Juneteenth has served as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental truth that all people are created equal and that liberty is a right endowed by our Creator," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.
"Across our country, the contributions of African Americans continue to enrich every facet of American life," Trump continued. "This Juneteenth, as we vow always to uphold the God-given rights of all Americans, we pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of African Americans."
Donald Trump's long history of racialized statements and policies did not go unnoticed, especially after he doubled down on insisting that the Central Park Five were guilty. Online commentators also noted the President's policy of putting migrant kids in camps.
It's Juneteenth, when the last slaves finally heard they were free, 2 yrs late. But slavery never ended, bc of the… https://t.co/iCFCr9uolX— N. K. Jemisin (@N. K. Jemisin) 1560948788.0
Good morning. 503 days until the presidential election. Eve of Juneteenth, racist ass Trump doubles down on his Cen… https://t.co/g279vgllew— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1560954928.0
twas the night before Juneteenth and all through the timeline was Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump saying being a racist is fine— Donwill® (@Donwill®) 1560903315.0
Happy Juneteenth Everyone except Donald Trump ✊🏼— Beige&Cloutless (@Beige&Cloutless) 1560955317.0
Happy #Juneteenth I hope one day we can stop the hate against blacks,Spanish transgender, LGBTQ. We need more love… https://t.co/5SE1F4W1Re— RON (@RON) 1560956245.0
Also on Juneteenth, we need to face the truth of Robert P. Jones' analysis in The End of White Christian America, s… https://t.co/uCCKowqAiw— 𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈 (@𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕒𝕞 𝔻. 𝕃𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕤𝕖𝕪 🌈) 1560950592.0
JUNETEENTH!!! June 19, 1865, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.… https://t.co/wWfhXctjUI— Michael La Rocca (@Michael La Rocca) 1560942711.0
The Trump administration, as promised, is returning the United States to its worst traditions; in this case, separa… https://t.co/0YBi7v2dyt— Jason Stanley (@Jason Stanley) 1529491923.0
@thehill Talk is Cheap, especially coming from a liar.— Susan Nordstrom (@Susan Nordstrom) 1560955272.0