WASHINGTON, D.C. — Martin Luther King Jr., the icon of the Civil Rights movement, a man credited with introducing the concept of non-violent protest to Americans protesting the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, despite the end of slavery, was shot and murdered 50 years ago this April. Today marks a federal holiday celebrating Dr. King’s life. President Trump recorded a special message to commemorate the day, seen below.
"Dr. King's dream is our dream. It is the American Dream. It's the promise stitched into the fabric of our Nation, etched into the hearts of our people, and written into the soul of humankind." pic.twitter.com/tyUZGTecDY
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 15, 2018
Sources within the White House are telling media outlets that parts of Trump’s address were edited out. Those passages included a tangential moment when the president turned to his staff and asked them why the day isn’t referred to as Chocolate MLK Day, given Dr. King’s skin color.
“It just would make sense to me is all, if we called it Chocolate MLK Day instead,” Trump said. “I mean, no one has to listen to my suggestions here. I’m just saying the first thing I think of when I think of Dr. King is that shithole skin color of his, and I bet a lot of my base does too. Frankly, skin color is the first and most important thing I see.”
Chief of Staff General John Kelly told Mr. Trump that the day is actually fully known as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” and that MLK are simply his initials.
“My initials aren’t milk, John,” Trump said stubbornly.
Kelly clarified, he meant to say they’re “Dr. King’s initials.”
“He was a doctor? Really? Could he have fixed my bone spurs? That would’ve been something worthy of having a day for,” Trump said. “I mean, we all have dreams. I dream of Ivanka almost every night, but you don’t see me asking for a day in my honor. Wait. Can I…can I ask for a day in my honor, now that I’m president? Can’t I just order a day of loyalty and fealty in service to me?”
Silence filled the Oval Office.
“Sir, I think some people might think that makes you sound like a dictator,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said between bites of a gravy smothered deep fried lard ball.
“Perfect. That’s what I want people to think of when they think of me. Dick,” Trump said.
“No, sir, that’s not…oh whatever, we’re all gonna die anyway,” Huckabee said.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment on this story.