Posted on October 19, 2020

‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ Booed at Michigan Rally for Donald Trump

Matt Keeley, Newsweek, October 17, 2020

Speaking Saturday at his Muskegon, Michigan rally, President Donald Trump spurred the crowd to boo the idea of replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

“So last week, Biden attacked Christopher Columbus by refusing to recognize Columbus Day. And he wants to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Who likes that idea?” Donald Trump asked the crowd, who responded by loudly booing.

“What the heck are you saying? That’s politically incorrect! What they don’t understand is that they’re politically incorrection. So he wants to change it to Indigenous Peoples Day. Not as long as I’m president,” Trump replied to cheers. “This is what we’re dealing with. The radical left is eradicating our history. And weak Joe Biden will let them do it.”

This is not the first time Trump has condemned the idea of Indigenous Peoples Day. In this year’s Columbus Day Proclamation, while telling the story of Columbus, Trump warned of “radical activists” who work to “undermine Christopher Columbus’s legacy.”

“These extremists seek to replace discussion of his vast contributions with talk of failings, his discoveries with atrocities, and his achievements with transgressions. Rather than learn from our history, this radical ideology and its adherents seek to revise it, deprive it of any splendor, and mark it as inherently sinister,” Trump said.

Columbus Day was celebrated this year on Monday, the same day as the proposed Indigenous Peoples Day. On Monday, Biden released a statement celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. His statement did not mention Christopher Columbus.


{snip} Indigenous Peoples Day is not a federal holiday, though the movement to officially recognize the holiday has started picking up steam.

In 2017, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors voted that Columbus Day be renamed by 2019. Cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Albuquerque and Denver have also made the change.