Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated for fighting for equality and justice for Black Americans, but unlike his predecessors across both parties President Donald Trump will do almost nothing to honor the memory of one of this nation’s greatest civil rights leaders. Again.
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday. President Donald Trump’s official public schedule is empty. He has no public events scheduled. And while not all of a president’s activities are listed in his public schedule, presidents before him have marked the holiday by giving speeches to honor the late civil rights icon, and dedicating themselves to doing good works, like volunteering.
Last year on this day President Trump played golf.
This is President Trump’s schedule for today:
NY Daily News columnist Brandon Friedman noted the differences between President Barack Obama’s efforts to honor Dr. King’s life and memory, and President Trump’s:
MLK Day presidential activities
2010: So Others Might Eat
2011: Stuart-Hobson Middle School
2012: Browne Education Center
2014: DC Central Kitchen
2015: Boys & Girls Club
2016: Leckie Elementary School
2017: JHP Family Shelter
— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) January 21, 2019
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in 1999 donned jeans and work shirts and headed over to Regency House and swung hammers to help in the renovation of the D.C. senior health center, as The Independent reported. President George W. Bush in 2007 went to a D.C. public school to help students paint a mural.
Those were just a few of the many times these past presidents worked to honor Dr. King by setting the example with service and volunteerism. President Obama repeatedly called for the day to be “a national day of service.”
President Trump did issue a presidential proclamation marking today as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which, unlike his predecessors, he used to brag about what he claims are his successes for the Black community, by inserting a campaign-style message.
“We have added more than 5 million new jobs to the economy over the past 2 years and unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Americans without a high school degree have reached record lows,” Trump said.
You can read more about Dr. King at the King Center’s website.
UPDATE: 12:03 PM ET – TRUMP AND PENCE SPEND ‘ABOUT A MINUTE OR TWO’ AT MLK MEMORIAL AFTER MEDIA CRITICISM
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Trump Swipes at Mark Zuckerberg Asking for White House Goodies: ‘He Didn’t Do Too Well’
Former President Donald J. Trump mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “big tech” during an interview on Tuesday when he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
Trump meandered throughout the interview and went off on a tangent claiming he did “big things” when discussing the 2020 election. Trump said Zuckerberg visited the White House “trying to get goodies,” but that “he didn’t do too well.”
Trump added, “So I thought that he was concerned we were doing things. We were doing things. Had we had a second term, we would have had that much, really, pretty much under control. We had some incredible things planned for big tech.”
Watch the video below.
Lincoln Project Trolls Trump with New TV Ad Where He’s Currently Vacationing
According to the Sun Sentinel, the group has bought air time in the West Palm Beach market from Wednesday through Jan. 5. Trump is scheduled to be in the area until Jan. 3.
“A major pillar of The Lincoln Project’s 2020 strategy was aiming to torment an audience of one — Trump — through advertising on cable shows he’s sure to watch on channels such as Fox News,” the Sentinel reports. “That’s the aim of the latest effort, which seeks to drive a wedge between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress at which the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president will be counted.”
The ad focuses on recent reports that say Vice President Mike Pence is “backing away” from Trumpworld’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“When Mike Pence is backing away from you, you know it’s over,” the ad states.
Watch the ad below.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 22, 2020
‘A Parting Gift to Dictators’: Trump Issues Final Round of Foreign Military Sales in Middle East
On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Brian Klaas tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for a final round of foreign military sales in the Middle East that function as a “parting gift to dictators” — and suggested he could even be using them to set up a private quid pro quo down the road in his post-presidency.
“All three regimes have abysmal human rights records,” wrote Klaas. “Saudi Arabia has beheaded dissidents, subjugated women and detained female activists who have pushed for reforms, and murdered and dismembered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The United Arab Emirates is home to torture, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances. Egypt’s dictatorship has carried
“Given past behavior, we know how these weapons will likely be used,” warned Klaas. “Despots will use them to help facilitate war crimes in places such as Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula while maintaining an iron grip over their own populations — all aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”
And even worse, Klaas argued, Trump himself could be using these sales to call in a personal favor from these countries in his post-presidency. “Once Trump leaves the White House, odds are good that he will cash in,” he wrote. “Seen in that light, the recently approved arms sales and military technology transfers are even more worrying. Are they just the beginning of a quid pro quo?”
All of this is occurring as President-elect Joe Biden alleges the Pentagon is obstructing him from getting all of the national security information he requires for the transition — something administration officials deny.
“For the past four years, Trump has painted the image of a United States that consistently sides with tyrants,” concluded Klaas. “Biden now has an opportunity to reverse Trump’s catastrophic foreign policy. He should take it.”
You can read more here.
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