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Blogger Imagines What Frederick Douglass Would Tweet Back to Donald Trump

Nasri Atallah By Nasri Atallah Published on February 2, 2017

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This article was updated on April 7, 2017

A blogger known only as "One Hot Mess" has won the internet, as the kids say. 

Following a rather shambolic attempt to Donald Trump and his press team (Hi Sean) to kick off Black History Month, during which they both appeared to hint that Frederick Douglass — the historic abolitionist who died in 1895 — would soon do more great things. They both sounded like the kid who hasn't read the book and is trying to make up the book report on the fly in front of a class trying to repress its giggling. 

Here's a sample of the imagined tweets (oh how I wish there was a real account that would keep writing this stuff):

@realFrederickDouglass: My autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, is #1 best-seller on Amazon. 4x better sales than Art of the Deal! P.S. I am dead!

@realFrederickDouglass: Hope you like everything I did for women's suffrage! Even the losers, haters, and flat-chested "fives." Enjoy!

@realFrederickDouglass: @realDonaldTrump, your FAKE NATIONAL SECURITY immigrant BAN goes against everything I stood for (when I was alive 122 yrs ago). A horrible mess!

Read the whole thing here. 

And just for historical context, here's a real quote from Douglass:

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”


British-Lebanese author and media entrepreneur. My writing has appeared in The Guardian, GQ and Brownbook amongst other places. Author of Our Man in Beirut (2012) and currently working on a ... Show More

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