White House misspells Frederick Douglass in MLK niece nomination

The White House misspelled the name of Frederick Douglass and continued a string of awkward moments around the famed 19th century abolitionist.

A release from administration said that President Trump had nominated three people, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece Alveda King, to be members of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.

However, the name of Douglass was misspelled as Douglas.

The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission, created in a bill passed by Congress last year, will create programs to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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While spelling mistakes have become a not uncommon theme of White House releases, the slight to Douglass comes after scrutiny of previous comments on the orator who escaped slavery.

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,” Trump said at a Black History Month event last year.

Many saw the comments as part of a mistaken Trump belief that Douglass, who died in 1895, was still alive.

Eric Madison Lowery and Naomi C. Earp, both of Maryland, were nominated to the bicentennial commission along with King, who has become a supporter of Trump despite accusations of racism.

After Trump was accused by many around the world of racism last month for his comments calling African countries “s---holes,” King told Fox News that she did not think he is racist and that black people in the U.S. have been benefiting from a strong economy and falling unemployment.

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