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Award didn’t honor Trump for supporting black community

July 19, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: There are only three people who won the Ellis Island award for their work within the black community: Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali and Donald Trump. Yet the “squad” wants you to believe he’s racist.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Trump was one of 87 people to be honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 1986 for his successful work as a developer in New York City, not for his work within the black community.

THE FACTS: Social media users for years have wrongly suggested Trump was honored with the 1986 award for his work in the black community. 

New posts circulating on social media are now holding up Trump’s Ellis Island award to rebuff claims that the president is racist after he suggested on Twitter that the “squad,” four freshmen Democrats who are all women of color and U.S. citizens,  should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from.


Trump was part of the first group of Americans to be given the award, which recognized people hailing from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who made significant contributions to the country, Otto Coca, communications director for the Ellis Island Honors Society, told The Associated Press last year.  

Trump was honored because of his German heritage and his work as a developer.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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