Welcome to the great humor-life convergence.
Plenty of folks have for months said stuff like, “This is an Onion headline, but I’d believe it.” Well, we’re here now. 2017 is the year.
Humor website McSweeney’s published President Donald Trump’s full Black History Month speech as a humor column on Wednesday, and it works. All they did was give it a title: My Very Good Black History Month Tribute To Some Of The Most Tremendous Black People.
From there, it’s published verbatim. And why not? Trump takes just two paragraphs before he begins talking about himself. Then he talks about Martin Luther King Jr. mostly to remind the world yet again that the civil rights icon’s statue is still in his office.
“The statue is cherished, its one of the favorite things in the and we have some good ones,” Trump said. “We have Lincoln and we have Jefferson, we have Dr. Martin Luther King and we have but they said the statue, the bust of Dr. Martin Luther King was taken out of the office. And it was never even touched. So I think it was a disgrace. But thats the way the press is, very unfortunate.”
A little later, he seemed to indicate that famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass is still alive.
“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mallwhere people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things,” Trump said. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.”
At least he noticed. Then, as is Black History Month tradition, he threw a jab at CNN, saying he doesn’t like to watch it because he doesn’t like “fake news.”
In 2017 America, facts parody you.