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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump is seeking to take credit for making Juneteenth -- a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States -- "very famous," after rescheduling his first rally since the start of the pandemic to avoid further criticism for seeming to co-opt it.What is Juneteenth and why is Donald Trump holding a rally?
The President was originally scheduled to hold his first political rally since the start of the coronavirus pandemic on Juneteenth, but eventually pushed the event back a day, to June 20. Juneteenth is the oldest regular US celebration of the end of slavery.Is Juneteenth a federal holiday?
Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia mark June 19 as a state holiday or observance, but it still isn't a federal holiday. Trump, who has few African-American advisers in the White House and in his Cabinet, told the Journal he "polled many people around him, none of whom had heard of Juneteenth."Did Trump say ‘nobody had ever heard of Juneteenth’ before?
Trump told The Wall Street Journal that "nobody had ever heard of" the holiday before he brought it up. "I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous," Trump said in reference to the rally date in an interview published Thursday.