So, This Happened: Trump Officially Declared Oct. 9th 2017 “Columbus Day”

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Why didn't he just wait until Andrew Jackson's Birthday and call it "Trail of Tears Day?"

Trump spit on Native Americans and threw red meat to his base. He declared October 9th, 2017 “Columbus Day,” despite the horrendous genocidal actions of Christopher Columbus. Why not just wait until Andrew Jackson’s birthday and declare it “Trail of Tears Day?” Because, that is what this looks like to anyone with a whit of historical sense.

Not a Twitter declaration, not just shouting “happy Columbus Day,” (to upset pansy liberals who don’t appreciate the man who fed live natives to dogs when they couldn’t dig up enough gold for him), but an actual official declaration so that he can feel special. If you are, like most of us, uninterested in his drivel, skip to the section that starts with all capital letters, below:



Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas.  The voyage was a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the age of exploration and discovery.  The permanent arrival of Europeans to the Americas was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation.  Therefore, on Columbus Day, we honor the skilled navigator and man of faith, whose courageous feat brought together continents and has inspired countless others to pursue their dreams and convictions — even in the face of extreme doubt and tremendous adversity.

More than five centuries after his initial voyage, we remember the “Admiral of the Ocean Sea” for building the critical first link in the strong and enduring bond between the United States and Europe.  While Isabella I and Ferdinand II of Spain sponsored his historic voyage, Columbus was a native of the City of Genoa, in present day Italy, and represents the rich history of important Italian American contributions to our great Nation.  There can be no doubt that American culture, business, and civic life would all be much less vibrant in the absence of the Italian American community.  We also take this opportunity to reaffirm our close ties to Columbus’s country of birth, Italy.  Italy is a strong ally and a valued partner in promoting peace and promoting prosperity around the world.

In commemoration of Christopher Columbus’s historic voyage, the Congress, by joint resolution of April 30, 1934, and modified in 1968 (36 U.S.C. 107), as amended, has requested the President proclaim the second Monday of October of each year as “Columbus Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 9, 2017, as Columbus Day.  I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also direct that the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of our diverse history and all who have contributed to shaping this Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


Donald Trump was, of course, attacking Obama for being sensitive to this reality, and liberals for actually caring about history: not romanticized revisionist whitewashed drivel. Columbus’ true history is not one for the faint of heart.

Trump’s declaration specifically calls out how Italian Americans. Sadly, connected them to a very shady figure in Italian and American History. Italian Americans could view Columbus as German Americans view… well, they are comparable. That is how offensive this is: Trump stepped on the reality of History in favor of trying to fluff his white base with a specific pandering to Americans of Italian descent.

All in the same document he praised a butcher.

In case you need the refresher, Columbus was a monster of Catholic proportions:

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