After experiencing a brief weather delay and a partial evacuation of the U.S. Capitol lawn due to lightning, President Trump moved ahead with his nearly hour-long “Salute to America” Fourth of July address as light to moderate rain fell on the rain-soaked crowds.
When Trump finally took the podium, he appeared to have some reading trouble when he told the crowd that the U.S. Army “took over the airports” during the 1814 battle of Fort McHenry, when there were no airports or airplanes.
“In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a uniform army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief. The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. Our army manned the air, it ran the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.”
The Intercept’s Robert Mackey notes: “Trump says, of the 1814 battle of Fort McHenry commemorated in the Star Spangled Banner: ‘Our army manned the airports, manned the ramparts, it *took over the airports*, it did everything it had to do and at Fort McKendry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory’ ”
— Terri2uus 🇺🇸🇩🇪🇮🇹 (@terri2uus) July 4, 2019
He added: “Trump’s misreading of basic facts of US history he appeared to encounter for the first time on the teleprompter led him to claim that Congress named the Continental Army ‘after’ George Washington, who defeated Cornwallis ‘of’ Yorktown, and the US army took over ‘airports’ in 1814”
Trump’s misreading of basic facts of US history he appeared to encounter for the first time on the teleprompter led him to claim that Congress named the Continental Army “after” George Washington, who defeated Cornwallis “of” Yorktown, and the US army took over “airports” in 1814 https://t.co/CMYhbGwqeC
— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) July 5, 2019
The Santa Clara County Democratic Party tweeted: “Dear lord, tRump just said that during the Revolutionary War we took over the Airports….sigh…..”
Dear lord, tRump just said that during the Revolutionary War we took over the Airports….sigh….. https://t.co/ekZAl7o8nj
— SCC Democratic Party (@SCCDP) July 4, 2019
As @kendallybrown points out, Trump, while struggling to read in this clip, claims that the American military "took over the airports" during a battle that took place well before airplanes were even invented pic.twitter.com/DiJDLWcDYb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 4, 2019
Appearing to have some reading trouble, Trump said that the army "took over the airports" during a part of his speech about its actions in the 1700s and early 1800s, when there were not airports or airplanes. pic.twitter.com/fgr8rXBGnD
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 4, 2019