In what could have been perceived as a direct pitch for the African American vote in his reelection bid, President Donald Trump paid homage Tuesday night during a largely partisan State of the Union address to a 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman and awarded a school choice scholarship to a young Black girl from Pennsylvania.
Trump honored Brig. Gen. Charles McGee, one of the last survivors of the historically Black Tuskegee Airmen, for his combat service and efforts in support of civil rights in America.
Trump, who promoted McGee to general status by pinning stars onto his shoulders just before the Tuesday address, also introduced McGee’s 13-year-old great-grandson Lain Lanphier, who aspires to join the U.S. Space Force.
Trump later recognized Janiyah Davis, a fourth grade student from Philadelphia who was on a waitlist for a scholarship to attend a school of her choice.
In emphasizing the importance of allowing families to choose where their students attend school, the president noted that too many have been “trapped” in government schools.
Trump said that while Pennsylvania’s governor has vetoed school-choice bills, 18 states have already created such legislation through opportunity scholarships.