President Trump Reinstates Peace Officers’ Memorial Day-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
President Donald Trump has reinstated a national day of remembrance for peace officers who were killed in the line of duty after President Obama canceled it.
President Obama didn’t scrap a national day of remembrance for fallen peace officers, and President Trump didn’t revive it.
That rumor started in early May 2017 with an article that appeared at USAPoliticsNow.com on May 7, 2017, under the headline, ” President Trump Just Reinstated A Sacred Day Of Remembrance That Obama Canceled.” The website is part of a collective of misinformation sites that publish and re-publish false reports in an effort to extend their reach and to make it hard to determine the original source. A disclaimer that appears on the bottom of the website states:
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The false report states that President Obama canceled the national remembrance day for peace officers because it offended members of the Black Lives Matter movement:
Obama didn’t want to offend anyone, so our country’s heroes were shut out. not anymore.
President Trump made Barack Obama look like a complete fool this morning in front of more than 10,000 police veterans when he announced that he would reinstate a national day of remembrance for fallen officers that the traitor before him had done away with.
This rumor is, however, based on a kernel of truth. Each year, National Peace Officers Memorial Day is honored on May 15 by proclamation of the president. As is tradition, President Trump made that proclamation in March 2017. However, President Obama also made Peace Officers Memorial Day proclamations throughout his presidency, and he never canceled it.
President Obama even marked the Peace Officers Memorial Day by speaking at and appearing at events throughout his presidency:
In the end, there’s not truth to reports that President Trump revived National Peace Officers Memorial Day after President Obama supposedly canceled it.