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Don’t wait for Douglass’ Tweet on your speech, Mr. President

Feb 03, 2017 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

President Donald Trump is capable of many a miracle. On Wednesday, after just 12 days on the job, he raised the dead.

Addressing a small group of African-American aides and supporters to kick off Black History Month, the new president not only offered pro forma praise for the usual suspects — Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — but also singled out somebody who recently caught his attention.

“Frederick Douglass,” Trump said, “is an example of s...