The White House is occasionally lit up to commemorate various things, and as promised by the President Donald Trump, he did surprisingly make the americans cheering for one inspiring reason.
President Trump has been a vocal supporter of the men and women of law enforcement, but he didn’t “go blue” in honor of police officers. He announced that the colorful transformation of the White House was not to honor the fallen police, but to mark World Autism Awareness Day.
He also asked that all Americans join him in learning about autism and how best to support autistic people.
“I invite all Americans to Light it Up Blue, which Melania and I will do at the White House,” he said in a statement. “I call upon all Americans to learn more about the signs of autism to improve early diagnosis, understand the challenges faced by those with autism spectrum disorders, and to do what they can to support individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.”
“On World Autism Awareness Day, we highlight the importance of addressing the causes and improving the treatments for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). We also recognize the importance of identifying ASDs early in a child’s life and of understanding the obstacles faced by people living on the autism spectrum.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2017
According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump had kept promise to “the late wife of his friend Bob Wright that he would illuminate the White House in blue if he won the election.”
Suzanne Wright is the former president and CEO of NBC who helped Trump gain notoriety in his popular show The Apprentice. Wright passed away in 2006 and founded the Autism Speaks advocacy group in 2006, which has a blue logo. Autism Speaks is a controversial organization. Because they were grandparents of a child with autism, the issue spoke to them and their family. They understood the struggle countless families across America and the world deal with every day.
Readers on IJR.com shared their comments about the incident:
Lauren Law wrote, “I love how many times I’ve seen the headline “Trump Keeps Campaign Promise”. I remember when Obama did the same…only his promises kept were things that have hurt our nation. Trump is doing a great job keeping promises…even the difficult ones that do not meet the approval of the left.”
The “Light It Up Blue” awareness campaign began in 2010, but this is the first time the White House has participated.