Trump Says Americans ‘Took Over Airports’ During Revolutionary War — Was It A Teleprompter Issue?
President Donald Trump, defying the rainy weather that poured down on him and his audience on Thursday, delivered an hour-long Independence Day speech to cap off his controversial “Salute to America” military parade.
The speech had some glaring issues, however, namely some historical inaccuracies that had many people wonder if he really said what they thought he had said.
Trump praised the American military muscle during the Revolutionary War — claiming they won a battle that wasn’t actually won in that war, and bragging about the seizure of airports.
“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 rockets’ red glare it had nothing but victory,” Trump said, according to reporting from Business Insider.
Manned aircraft were not a fixture of the Revolutionary War — planes were not invented until 1903, and the first major military conflict that the United States utilized aircraft in was World War I, 135 years after the official end of the American war for independence.
And the reference to the “rockets’ red glare” at Fort McHenry, a clear callback to the Star Spangled Banner, didn’t occur until the War of 1812.
There were some media reports that Trump’s mistakes came about from his difficulties in reading the teleprompters during the event, the BBC reported, an interesting observation to note given Trump’s past criticisms of others using the devices versus his present reliance on them.
Trump once derided former President Barack Obama, for example, for using teleprompters.
Why does @BarackObama always have to rely on teleprompters?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2012
And he did the same thing to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Hillary Clinton made a speech today using the biggest teleprompter I have ever seen. In fact, it wasn’t even see through glass, it was black,” Trump tweeted at that time.