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February 18, 2017

Pennsylvania state senator impersonates Frederick Douglass to mock Trump

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State Senator Anthony Williams impersonates Frederick Douglass to mock President Donald Trump.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker marked Valentine's Day by throwing President Donald Trump some shade for his much-scrutinized comments on abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, published the parody video to his website Tuesday. In the video, Williams plays Douglass and narrates a fictional trip to the White House with Trump.

At the beginning of February, Trump mentioned Douglass during a press conference to kick off Black History Month.

"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice," Trump said. Some critics interpreted his comments as suggesting Trump believed Douglass was still alive.

Douglass, who was born into slavery, became a prominent writer and anti-slavery activist after escaping in 1838. He died in 1895.

Williams plays on Trump's alleged confusion in his 3-minute, somewhat awkward satire video, resurrecting notable Civil Rights figures such as Rosa Parks and using staples of Trump's rhetoric, including the president's frequently repeated accusation that the news media is "fake news."

You can watch the video below: