Trump makes unannounced visit to MLK memorial for photo-op, leaves after less than a minute (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence finally made an appearance at Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial today, after taking criticism for not having anything honoring him on their public schedules.
They were photographed visiting the memorial at around 4:32 PM Eastern time.
According to multiple reports, Trump stayed only long enough for a photograph and left within a minute.
This really isn't that surprising. He did the exact same thing last year, except in 2019 it was reported that he spent 94 entire seconds at the memorial.
Trump and Pence spent a whopping 94 seconds at the MLK memorial on MLK day in 2019 — and never uttered his name pic.twitter.com/GqOVbqcIHn— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 20, 2020
White House reporter Kathryn Watson swears it was less than a minute this time around.
Trump and Pence made a very trip to the MLK memorial, a stop that wasn’t on his public schedule today. Stood in front of the statue for less than a minute. pic.twitter.com/5dASvax3oY— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) January 20, 2020
Here's a video of the visit:
Here's another angle showing how long Trump and Pence actually stood at the memorial. Yep, under a minute!
To show how much Trump really cares about MLK day, Trump used today's federal holiday to talk up his unemployment numbers, instead of taking the opportunity to talk about how important a man MLK was.
"It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office. So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!"
Earlier in the day, senior advisor Kellyanne Conway even suggested that MLK wouldn't have supported Trump's impeachment.
She made this statement even though 186 House Republicans members just voted against H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act. This would have restored one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s signature legislative achievements.
Sherrilyn Ifill, who serves as president of the NAACP Defense Fund, had a few things to say about that.
“What an embarrassingly incompetent answer,” Ifill later told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “There’s is no answer that she can give that would be acceptable because he’s doing nothing to commemorate MLK Day, and frankly, it would be hypocritical if he tried to do that.”
“Just in the last week, the tweets that he’s put up, knowing that [the pro-gun rally in Virginia] was coming today, knowing that the governor of Virginia had declared a state of emergency today because of credible threats of violence given what happened in 2017 in Charlottesville,” she continued. “We’ve now reset what the president is supposed to do. He’s not supposed to call for calm and peace.”
“He just gets to tweet whatever he wants,” Ifill pointed out. “He’s not doing anything to commemorate MLK Day and that’s why it’s important that we do that work. We don’t need Mr. Trump to lead us in knowing what to do around equality and justice.”