Trump praises the Army’s takeover of ‘the airports’ during the Revolutionary War

President Trump‘s speech during his Salute to America event was quite a doozy. A full analysis of his poor reading skills will be done at some point on DeadState, but for now let’s talk about how he, or his speechwriter, is apparently under the impression that airports existed in the 18th Century.

While reading his speech from the teleprompter, Trump gave an interesting version of Revolutionary War history.

“In June of 1775 the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief.”

So far so good.

“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.”

Well said.

“Our Army manned the [unintelligible], 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. When dawn came, the star-spangled banner waved defiant.”


See for yourself:

Most people with a formal education would agree that there were no airports in 1775.

It’s possible that Trump misread something, or lost his place in the teleprompter and misspoke. Who knows. Either way, Twitter was baffled.

Watch his full speech below:

Update: According to CNN’s Kaitlin Collins, Trump said his flub was due to a teleprompter issue:

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