The accidental revisionist history lesson came during the middle of Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ speech for the Fourth of July and after hours of thunderstorms kept causing delays in Washington D.C.
‘In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a uniform army out of the revolutionary forces outside of Boston and New York and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief,’ Trump said in his speech.
He was already starting off on an inaccurate front as the continental army was named after the Continental Congress and not Washington – who did serve as commander in chief.
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The accidental revisionist history lesson came during the middle of Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ speech for the Fourth of July and after hours of thunderstorms kept causing delays in Washington D.C
Trump continued: ‘The continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis at Yorktown.’
But his biggest snafu came when Trump combined three historical events: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and when planes were invented in the 20th century.
‘Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do and at Ft. McHenry under the rocket’s red glare had nothing but victory,’ he said.
President Donald Trump was speaking on the success of the continental army but claimed they had a hand in acquiring airports (a Tweet referenced this picture when poking fun at Trump
Trump appeared to conflate the continental army’s revolutionary campaign with the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers in the early 1900s. The first airport didn’t exist until 1928, more than 150 years after the initial period Trump spoke about.
His next factual inaccuracy came when Trump suggested that the continental army had been the deciding factor in winning the battle at Fort McHenry.
The only problem with that statement is that Fort McHenry was the site of the Battle of Baltimore and the War of 1812 – decades after the continental was disbanded in 1783.
People on Twitter quickly shared clips of the video and dragged Trump for his poor history knowledge
People on Twitter quickly shared clips of the video and dragged Trump for his poor history knowledge.
‘Trump just said the army took over the airports during the Revolutionary War. That’s, um, 127 years before the airplane was invented.
‘Trump’s memory of the War Of 1812, you know with airports and airplanes!? Wow,’ said Mikel Jollett.
Kendally Brown added: ‘LOL Trump just said the army took over the airports during the Battle of Valley Forge, more than 120 years before the first air flight.’
Other users shared funny memes and gifs of early planes in history.
One user said: ‘Trump’s memory of the War Of 1812, you know with airports and airplanes!? Wow.’