Although Donald Trump blamed a teleprompter malfunction for his ridiculous claim that Revolutionary War soldiers “took over airports” during his Fourth of July speech, he’s often made ridiculous and hilarious claims that are equally groan-inducing. On Friday, CNN’s Jim Acosta shared some facts from the National Park Service, who was forced to give up $2.5 million in funding to cover Trump’s military parade.
Since the Revolutionary War happened in 1776, it was 127 years before the Wright brothers achieved the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Of course, that wasn’t Trump’s only gaffe during his recitation of American war history, but it was by far the one that got the most attention.
In the past, Trump has lambasted others for using teleprompters during speeches, and blaming everyone and everything else for the mistakes he makes is a common feature of his presidency and personality. He’ll never admit that he might have read the word wrong or that he simply lost track of what he was reading on the screen. Of course, it has to be someone else’s fault.
However, Trump has made claims like these before. He once told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada attacked the White House during the War of 1812, except that was actually the British since Canada wasn’t yet a country. He also didn’t seem to understand that Frederick Douglass had died in 1896, praising him for doing a “great job.” He’s also claimed that Abraham Lincoln had terrible poll ratings although polls weren’t used until 1936, 71 years after Lincoln died. Is it any wonder that people are wondering if he really doesn’t know that airplanes didn’t exist in 1776?
Twitter is having lots of fun with Trump’s ridiculous statement. Read some of their comments below:
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