Trump stumbles on Frederick Douglass’ legacy again

Frederick Douglass is somewhere shaking his head

Frederick Douglass
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Donald Trump has to learn how to put some respect on  Frederick Douglass’ name.

This time, the issue is a press release by the administration naming three people to the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission, according to the New York Daily News. 

The commission was created in a congressional bill honoring his 200th birthday. In the press release, Eric Madison Lowery, Naomi C. Earp and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Trump supporting niece Alveda King were nominated to be members of the newly formed commission.

The only problem? Frederick Douglass’ name is misspelled as “Douglas.”

Black History Month v. Trump

It’s been a year since Trump’s last Black History Month Frederick Douglass gaffe, but here we are again.

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump said at a Black History Month event last year.

A lot of people heard that comment and immediately jumped on board the Trump roasting train, accusing the president of not even knowing who Douglass is. After all, it seemed like he thought Douglass (a man who died in the 1800’s) was not only still alive, but doing an “amazing job.”

Trump v. Spelling

And it’s not like this administration is known for its meticulous spelling, either. Who could forget the infamous “covfefe” tweet, which stayed up for hours with no explanation or correction? That tweet was just one example of many typos Trump has made on Twitter, but since it was so egregious, it brought the word “covfefe” into national consciousness.

And then there was the recent gaffe with the State of the Union, in which several tickets to the event were printed with a typo.

According to several pictures of the misprinted tickets, the invitation were to the “State of the Uniom,” whatever that is.

The tickets, issued by the Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, went out to several members of Congress and their spouses before corrections were made.

February is not even halfway over yet, so expect even more fumbles from the Trump White House when it comes to appropriately and respectfully honoring Black History Month.