On Monday morning, President Donald Trump shocked everyone by making a previously unannounced trip. The president’s surprise, which came on the holiday named for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was something nobody saw coming.
President Donald Trump made a surprise Monday morning visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. Trump pre-empted the visit with a tweet lauding the national holiday and by issuing a presidential proclamation:
One hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the great Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., took to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shared his vision of an America lifted from the “quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” His extraordinary message that momentous day in August of 1963 stirred to action Americans of every race and creed, and it continues to reverberate in the hearts and minds of patriotic citizens across our great land. Today, as we pause to mark the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recommit ourselves to the advancement of equality and justice for all Americans, and to the full realization of his worthy dream.
Accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and a National Park ranger, the president laid a wreath at the memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. “Good morning, everybody. Great day. Beautiful day. Thank you for being here. Appreciate it,” Trump told the assembled members of the press.
In a classy move, the president declined to answer questions from the media surrounding the ongoing government shutdown and the lack of cooperation from Democratic leadership, choosing not to politicize the ceremony at the memorial site.
Of course, Trump’s visit to the MLK memorial on Monday flies in the face of one of the political left’s and the mainstream media’s favorite narratives; namely, that the president is a “racist.” In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. A racist would not celebrate the life and legacy of our country’s most famous civil rights leader.
Ironically, it was our first black president — Barack Obama — who perpetuated racism in this country and brought race relations back several decades in the span of just eight years. Yet, you never hear the media or the Democrats labeling Obama a “racist.” Heck, the man won an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize.
President Trump, on the other hand, has done more for minority communities during his first two years in office than his predecessor ever did. Most notably, he has achieved record-low black unemployment numbers.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, unemployment amongst black Americans fell in November to 5.9 percent, tying a record low previously set by President Trump in May:
While the unemployment picture for black Americans is still higher than other demographic groups, it had never fallen below 7 percent since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the statistic in 1972. The rate for Hispanics is 4.5 percent, while whites are at 3.4 percent, and Asians stand at 2.7 percent.
The black unemployment rate also hit 5.9 percent in May, then a first-time record.
Employment in manufacturing has increased by 288,000 over the year, BLS reported, with transportation and warehousing adding 192,000 jobs, and professional and business services adding 561,000. [Source: The Daily Caller]
This is not the work of a “racist” man. But you can bet the Democrats will continue to cling to their ill-founded narrative. They have nothing else to offer besides half-baked talking points backed by no evidence whatsoever.