Even when reading from a teleprompter at a solemn ceremony. President Trump finds a to remind us of how ignorant he is about American history.
That was the case today at the White House where Trump posthumously presented the Medal of Honor to the late Army First Lt. Garlin M. Connor for his “conspicuous gallantry” during one of the epic final battles of World War II.
Connor died 20 years ago at age 79.
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In January 1945, during what came to be called the Battle of the Bulge, Conner volunteered to race to the front lines to direct air strikes and artillery, even calling for a strike on his own position, leading to the defeat of the German forces.
Trump's history lesson on the Battle of the Bulge: "Battle of the Bulge — well-known fight. General, that was a tough one, right? Was that a tough one? They — I know you weren't there, but that was — I hope you weren't there. But that was a rough one. They study that one." pic.twitter.com/PDMXYreUmn
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2018
With top military and government officials in attendance, along with Conner’s widow Pauline, Trump was reading a teleprompter with text prepared by the Pentagon but he could not help himself from ad-libbing like he always does, making it clear that this was the first time he had ever encountered this information before.
“Battle of the Bulge,” Trump said, “well-known fight.”
The president went off script as he addressed a general in the audience.
“General,” said Trump, “that was a tough one, right? Was that a tough one? They taught you that — I know you weren’t there, but that was — I hope you weren’t there.”
Glancing back at his chief of staff General Michael Kelly, Trump quipped, “Jesus, Kelly was there.”
Turning back to the General, he continued “But that was a rough one. They study that one.”
So once again the draft-dodger-in-chief left heads spinning and an audience struggling to stifle laughter as he bumbled his way through the presentation.
Trump’s garbled language, lack of knowledge and flat jokes luckily were only part of the ceremony but it was enough to leave onlookers there and watching on TV cringing over his knowledge of American military history.