The first day of the weeklong celebration of Kwanzaa began Tuesday, and President Trump issued a short statement to acknowledge the holiday:
Today marks the first day of Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration of African American heritage and culture. Together, let us celebrate during this joyous time the richness of the past and look with hope toward a brighter future.
As families and friends join to light the Kinara, Melania and I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous year to come.
Despite the heartfelt message, leftist media criticized the president for not saying something more. For example, Newsweek, which has been lambasted for their absurd op-ed about Trump saying “Merry Christmas,” criticized the president for failing to emphasize Kwanzaa’s “African-American” values in contrast to former President Obama.
The Root also criticized Trump’s statement, writing: “Three sentences. That’s all the official Hotep holiday garnered. Three lousy sentences. Honestly, he might have found the words under some ‘minority holiday template’ after Googling: ‘How to wish happy holidays to an other?'”
Leftist publication Splinter calculated Trump’s Kwanzaa statement as the shortest of any president: “For comparison, [Bill] Clinton’s first Kwanzaa statement was 143 words long—more than twice as long as Trump’s remarks. President George W. Bush’s 2001 Kwanzaa statement was 172 words long. And in 2009, Barack Obama issued a statement with 196 words.”
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) December 26, 2017
I will bet every dollar I have and all my worldly possessions that Trump doesn’t know how to spell Kwanzaa, let alone explain what it is, let alone know it exists, let alone that this press release was written. https://t.co/Slk89NUD1Q
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 26, 2017
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