Last night, President Trump became a laughingstock during his controversial and highly promoted Fourth of July speech when he claimed that American soldiers in the Revolutionary War had “seized the airports” in their battles against the British.
“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory” slurred Trump while reading his teleprompter, likely seeing the words and names for the very first time.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 5, 2019
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The gaffe quickly took off on social media, spawning the hashtag #RevolutionaryWarAirports as Trump critics worked themselves up into a frenzy over mocking the babbling of an obviously sundowning old man.
For his part, the President tried to blame his teleprompter and the rain for the mistake.
this is fair, i usually forget that they didn't have planes in the 1700's if I'm not looking right at the words confirming it pic.twitter.com/HWuT3oP4Ag
— i bless the rains down in castamere (@Chinchillazllla) July 5, 2019
The only problem with this excuse is the fact that anyone with the most basic knowledge of history knows that airplanes certainly were not invented in the 1700s, and it shouldn’t take a teleprompter for the president of the United States to have known that.
Of course, anyone who’s watched Trump closely over the past six months can tell that his mental faculties are decaying at an uncanny pace. His tremendous brain simply cannot make the deals for the right words that it used to.
Unfortunately, the horrifying conditions in the Trump administration’s border concentration camps make it clear that his capacity for cruelty is stronger than ever, and that is what America should be focused on with laser-sharp determination — not playing meaningless hashtag games about the ramblings of a senile old man.