Trump Was On The Confederate Presidents Wikipedia Page For A Brief Moment
For a brief moment, it was official: Trump was on the Confederate presidents Wikipedia page. After his statement defending white supremacists and placing equal blame on counter-protesters for the violence in Charlottesville that left one anti-racist protester dead, someone decided to take action. So they headed to the "President of the Confederate States of America" Wikipedia page and plopped Donald Trump's info right on there.
The page outlines just one person, Jefferson Davis, as president of the Confederate States of America. Davis led the 11 secessionist states from 1861 to 1865 from Richmond, Virginia. When the Civil War ended, he was captured and imprisoned for two years for treason and his alleged role in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. And while he was the only president of the Confederacy, he had company on Wikipedia for at least a few minutes.
Whoever added Trump to the page made sure to add a fair amount of detail. It listed his role as president of the Confederacy as starting on Aug. 15, 2017, the day he gave his third speech about Charlottesville, which was widely regarded as giving his full support to white supremacy. It listed that he was put in the role by "Accidental Election," and outlined that he had no previous experience in office. The end of his term as president of the Confederate States of America?
In his speech about Charlottesville on Tuesday, Trump blamed the violence on "both sides," saying, "You had a group on one side and a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side."
But he also defended the white supremacists who came to rally in support of a Confederate statue, saying there were "very fine people" who were at the rally. That didn't sit well with people who don't believe that white supremacists are "very fine people."
The addition of Trump was quickly removed from the Wikipedia page, but it was a clear statement of protest that didn't go unnoticed.
Someone edited Wikipedia and put Trump as succeeding Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederate States. Definitely more accurate. pic.twitter.com/nVZOpyeNVY— Kevin Geipel (@bluelp85) August 15, 2017
While his listing as a Confederate president may have been brief, it was — like all things on the internet — documented forever.