The President of the United States seemed genuinely giddy with himself after using words like “birthright,” “Jim Crow,” “equality,” and “segregation”
During a speech at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson on Saturday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, appeared to shock himself with his own speech, looking up momentarily from his prepared speech to note that he had used “very big phrases, very big words.”
“The Civil Rights Museum records the oppression, cruelty, and injustice inflicted on the African American community, the fight to end slavery, to break down Jim Crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality,” Trump said. One tepid round of applause from the crowd later, Trump looked up from his prepared remarks to ad lib, “That’s big stuff. Those are very big phrases, very big words.”
The moment hearkened back to the presidential campaign, when Trump once bragged: “I’m very highly educated. I know words, I know the best words.”
Trump spoke for about 10 minutes. He was introduced by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who had invited him to speak. Trump had initially planned a speech before a much larger crowd outside, but Bryant changed plans to have Trump speak to a much smaller crowd indoors after protests were planned against the president’s visit.