During his interview with African American Harris Faulkner that aired yesterday, Donald Trump said about Abraham Lincoln, “he did good, although it’s always questionable, you know, in other words, the end result.”
Not surprisingly, that caused a lot of double takes. What the heck was he saying or trying to say?
My post at Crooks and Liars has more on this as well as the video of his remarks and Faulkner’s reaction.
“Questionable” whistles to his base that blacks haven’t had what it takes to put their emancipation to good use, while Trump’s cleanup crew might explain that “questionable” referenced non-slavery forms of oppression of blacks that continued after the Civil War (for which Lincoln wasn’t responsible). Between these two, Trump’s true favourite is the former. This is indicated by Trump’s answer, “he did good, although…”, which is remarkably faint praise for our country’s new birth of freedom. If Trump thought Lincoln was so good, why would Trump champion monuments to Lincoln’s enemies?