On Tuesday May 19th, Business Insider reported, “Trump is refusing to unveil Obama’s potrait at the White House, breaking a 40-year tradition.”
President Donald Trump is breaking a 40-year tradition and won’t be unveiling former President Barack Obama’s portrait at the White House, NBC News reported on Tuesday.
Obama would also not be interested in attending such an event, according to the report, which cited people familiar with the matter.
The White House and a representative for Obama did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Insider.
For decades, first-term presidents have held ceremonies in the East Room to unveil the portraits of their immediate predecessors. Obama did so for former President George W. Bush in 2012, for example.
Thomas Robb, the National Director of the Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan, based in Harrison Arkansas said, “I’ve recently published a book titled “America, Christian! White! Confused! The American Identity,” in which I educate people on the fact that our forefathers never intended non-whites, negroes or otherwise to ever hold government offices. Abraham Lincoln was quoted as saying, “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races….I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people.””
Robb added, “Maybe President Trump holds this same value of what our forefathers intended. I hope so.”