Los Angeles County may have voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, but for President Trump, it’s still Columbus Day. Last week, the County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to change the second Monday in October into a day that no longer celebrates Christopher Columbus’ achievement.
President Trump apparently doesn’t agree with their decision. In a statement released on Monday morning, President trump commemorated Columbus.
“Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas,” said the statement. “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.”
People object to celebrating Christopher Columbus for a variety of reasons. Those include the fact that he wasn’t purposefully navigating towards North America and that he mistreated the indigenous peoples he found there.
However, President Trump doesn’t dwell on the bad. Instead, he emphasizes the way that Columbus’s achievement has shaped America.
“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,” wrote the president.
President Trump also took the day as an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of other Italians—Columbus hailed from Genoa Italy—to the American dream.
“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.”
At the end of his speech, seemingly responding to the trend toward celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, President Trump reaffirmed that the second Monday in October is 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.”
People on Twitter are losing their minds over his statement.
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