Commentators on Friday struggled to understand a comment made by President Donald Trump about Abraham Lincoln.
During a Fox News interview, Trump boasted that he had been better for Black Americans than any president in history. He then suggested that Lincoln's legacy was "questionable."
"I think I've done more for the black community than any other president, and let's take a pass on Abraham Lincoln, because he did good -- although it's always questionable. You know, in other words, the end result --" the president said, before host Harris Faulkner cut him off.
"Well, we are free, Mr. President. He did pretty well," Faulkner said.
"We are free," Trump replied. "You understand what I mean."
There’s a lot going on but I hope the president is soon asked what he means by this, because... https://t.co/gar6ubK5qW— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1591985195.0
Many people interpreted Trump as saying that it was questionable for Lincoln to have freed slaves.
Trump objectively thinks it’s questionable that Lincoln freed the slaves. https://t.co/iEL4OzYNQ2— Markos Moulitsas (@Markos Moulitsas)1591985315.0
Trump just described the end result of freeing the slaves as “always questionable” https://t.co/rdHIjlRxAo— Ari Hirsch (@Ari Hirsch)1591985087.0
Trump thinks freeing Black people was "questionable"?! He is all of America's hate manifested.— Joel Pulliam (@Joel Pulliam)1591985232.0
Others, however, speculated that Trump was talking about Lincoln's assassination:
Uh. What part does Trump find questionable about Lincoln’s legacy? Is he referring to his…. assassination? https://t.co/F3bWWMGWhK— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1591984430.0
@JonathanLanday @froomkin "Questionable" is just Trump's idiotic reference to assassination, and it's not the most… https://t.co/DWOQg46nWK— Choostas (@Choostas)1591985927.0
Many people said there was no point in trying to understand Trump, claiming he didn't even know what he was trying to say.
@ddale8 Astounding that Trump disses Abraham Lincoln, our greatest president & the greatest Republican. Mind-boggl… https://t.co/UFeNkGnknr— Steven Greenhouse (@Steven Greenhouse)1591984881.0
It truly makes my jaw drop that Trump is suggesting he might be considered to have done more for Black people as president than Lincoln.— Daniel Summers, MD (@Daniel Summers, MD)1591984716.0
@ddale8 It’s a bad day dementia day for Trump.— #PresidentBiden (@#PresidentBiden)1591986040.0
Lincoln is only questionable in Trump’s addled brain... https://t.co/xMCC65AzKF— Pamela H (@Pamela H)1591985613.0
Trump is mentally-disabled, brain-damaged, and intellectually-challenged -- just like his #maga/#qanon-minority.… https://t.co/rEOkthPvX9— 🐇 Biden won. God Bless America 🇺🇸 (@🐇 Biden won. God Bless America 🇺🇸)1591984690.0
@ddale8 No point asking Trump "what he meant." He'll just go off on another incoherent rant. Do you ask a person ha… https://t.co/1wm9gKATry— Charles Wentworth Dilke (@Charles Wentworth Dilke)1591985516.0
And the Trump campaign wants you to believe that Biden is the one who's a rambling, incoherent mess. https://t.co/Tn6a7IEwzr— Levi Fishman (@Levi Fishman)1591985303.0