President Donald Trump has proudly issued the annual proclamation for Columbus Day, which is this Monday, and he struck a much different tone than his predecessor Barack Obama.
In his proclamation, President Trump urges the U.S. to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ spirit of discovery of the Americas. This differs greatly to that of Barack Obama’s 2016 proclamation brought to attention Columbus’ drive to explore and the suffering of Native Americans.
Here is President Trump’s statement on Columbus Day:
“The permanent arrival of Europeans … 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.’’
And now compare it to Barack Obama’s view on the national holiday:
“We must also acknowledge the pain and suffering reflected in the stories of Native Americans who had long resided on this land prior to the arrival of European newcomers. The past we share is marked by too many broken promises, as well as violence, deprivation, and disease.”
Columbus Day has drawn much controversy in the United States. Many cities are trying to reinterpret and twist its true meaning. For instance, some cities are referring to it as Indigenous Peoples Day and celebrate Native Americans.
Columbus Day was never intended to be a racially divisive holiday. It strictly was intended to celebrate the existence of America, the greatest nation on earth. It’s wonderful to have a President who recognizes this and is quelling from the overly political correctness that is plaguing America.