President Trump on Monday falsely claimed that the pandemic of 1918, which he incorrectly referred to as the pandemic of 1917, ended the “second World War” which did not begin until September 1, 1939.
“If 160,000 people had died under President Obama’s watch do you think you would have called for his resignation,” a reporter asked Trump during a White House briefing Monday afternoon.
“No, I would have not done that,” Trump told the reporter. “It is amazing what we have been able to do. If we did not close up the country, we would have had 1.5 million or 2 million people already dead.”
“We have called it right,” he boasted. “Now we do not have to close it. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, but the closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic certainly was a terrible thing, where they lose anywhere from 50 million people to 100 million people. Probably ended the second world war. All the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation.”
NEW: in answering a question about whether he would've called for Obama's resignation if 160,000 people had died under his watch, President Trump said the 1917 pandemic "probably ended the Second World War."
World War II ended in 1945. pic.twitter.com/mDH3fudTV6
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) August 10, 2020
Reporters were quick to fact-check the president’s false claims:
The 1918 pandemic occurred 27 years before the end of the Second World War. https://t.co/o7If9mT4pI
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) August 10, 2020
Trump claims the “Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1917 probably ended the Second World War” “ because “all the soldiers were sick”
Most of them weren’t even born in 1917!
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) August 10, 2020