UPDATED with Trump addressing airports remark: President Donald Trump took some lumps over Thursday’s remark about Continental Army taking over the airpots during the Revolutionary War in 1775. Today he explained what happened.
“Yeah, the teleprompter went out,” POTUS told reporters this morning. “It kept going on. And then, at the end, it just went out. It went kaput. So I could have said — and, actually, right in the middle of that sentence, it went out. And that’s not a good feeling, when you’re standing in front of millions of millions of people on television. And, I don’t know what the final count was, but that went all the way back to the Washington Monument. And I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter.”‘
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Well, that settles that.
Happily, he did not go on to suggest that the same thing happened to President Lincoln as he delivered the Gettysburg Address.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:15 a.m.: The President told reporters today as he was about to board Air Force One that yesterday’s rain interfered with his Salute to America teleprompter and that he occasionally had to wing the speech, seeming to suggest that the “airport” comment might have been one of those moments. But then he insisted that he knew the speech so well that he didn’t need the teleprompter.
Rain or no, critics of Donald Trump are in no holiday mood to cut the president any slack whatsoever after his attention-grabbing Salute To America yesterday – one pundit today compared him to an angry grandpa reading his grandson’s fifth-grade history report – but the easiest gaffe to pick on was Trump’s assertion that the Continental Army of 1775 “manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports.”
Faster than you can say, “Must I check my musket?”, social media responded with jibes and swipes at Trump’s bizarre mangling of history. There were a few other foul-ups – British Gen. Charles Cornwallis was not of Yorktown but rather lost there – but it was the image of air traffic controllers in tricorn hats that proved most irresistible to the wiseacres.
Here’s a sampling:
But Trump had at least one big-name supporter, Laura Ingraham: