Donald Trump, who claims to be “a very stable genius” with a “world class memory” displays how ridiculous both of those statements are on a daily basis. Every mistake or stumble that Democratic challenger Joe Biden makes is dragged out as a reason that he’s mentally unfit for the presidency, but Republicans don’t like to admit that Trump’s stumbles happen consistently and Monday’s press conference was no different.
The President says the “1917 pandemic” ended the Second World War pic.twitter.com/jSltuSYim2
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 10, 2020
During his press conference, Trump talked about the global pandemic currently facing Americans and compared in to the 1917 Spanish influenza, which killed millions of people worldwide. The comparison is appropriate since COVID-19 is the most deadly pandemic since. However, Trump doesn’t seem to understand much of the history of the country he’s been elected to lead.
While discussing the seriousness of the pandemic that has already killed more than 160,000 Americans, Trump said:
‘The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War. All the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation’
For the record, the 1917 pandemic did not end World War II. The Spanish influenza crisis ended in 1920 and World War II ended in 1945. The White House has since claimed that Trump was referring to World War I, but that didn’t end because of the pandemic, either. It ended when Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles and the pandemic was not a factor in that agreement.
Twitter certainly seemed to understand their history more than the president. Read some of their comments below:
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