Trump remarks on Frederick Douglass spur questions on social media

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Donald Trump’s remarks about the beginning of Black History Month Tuesday quickly made waves on social media — particularly his comment about iconic abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

While speaking with a group of African-American leaders, Trump praised Douglass’s accomplishments — but did not give any specifics.

“I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Rev. King, so many other things, Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump said. “Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. Big impact.”

{mosads}Social media users quickly questioned whether Trump is actually familiar with Douglass, a prominent abolitionist who escaped slavery and became an accomplished author, statesman and activist.

Others wondered if Trump believes Douglass, who died in 1895, was still alive based on his phrasing.

Trump met with a group of African-American leaders at the White House for a listening session to mark the beginning of Black History Month.

Trump came under fire over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend last month when he targeted Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader, for saying he was not a “legitimate president.”

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