The Red Sox’s chairman just revealed the brain-melting Civil War comments Trump made today

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The World Series-winning Boston Red Sox visited the White House today to celebrate their 2018 victory, but the strangest bit of news to emerge from the trip had absolutely nothing to do with baseball. According to Elaina Plott of The Atlantic and CNN, Trump tried to explain some American history to the champions and ended up falling flat on his face in the way only a man as painfully ignorant as he can.

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Tom Werner, Chairman of the Red Sox explained how the president is a “pretty good” storyteller, but seemed confused by what Trump actually had to say to the team.

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“He was talking about Abraham Lincoln losing the war and said ‘Well, I know you guys have lost a game or two, but this was a war,'” Werner said, quoting Trump.

Take a second and read that again. Trump said that Abraham Lincoln, the man who won the Civil War and freed the slaves actually lost the war and that doing so was much worse than the Red Sox losing some of their games. There isn’t a grade school student in this entire country that would botch a historical explanation that badly.

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Either Trump is growing so old that he is capable of mistakenly saying something so jaw-droppingly incorrect, or he really doesn’t know the first thing about this country. If Lincoln had actually lost the war, we could very well be living in a United States of America bordered to the south by a Confederate States of America. In such a scenario, slavery might still exist.

Now, while it’s certain that some of Trump’s racist white nationalist supporters would be thrilled if Lincoln had lost the Civil War, that couldn’t be any further from the truth — which is something one would usually expect the President of the United States to know.

The other option is that the president does know that Lincoln won the war, but his mind failed to provide him with that information when he needed it, which is an equally disturbing prospect for the leader of the free world.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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