Statements made during a press conference held last night has caused a storm of tweets questioning the US president's knowledge of history; when he claimed that the Spanish Flu ended World War II, citing the wrong war and the wrong year in which the pandemic started.
Trump says the Spanish Flu in 1917 "probably" ended the Second World War.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 10, 2020
The Spanish Flu was in 1918 and WWII ended in 1945. It's "probably" a good thing the Secret Service cut that press conference short. pic.twitter.com/sHQj2Uqov6
In the press conference cut later by the secret service due to a shooting that took place outside the White House, Donald Trump argued that the first World War "probably" came to an end pressured by the pandemic at that time, which killed between 50 and 100 million people.
"The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War," Trump said. "All the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation."
Trump's argument might have accordingly mixed up the name of the two world wars, especially as several political analysts have previously linked the end of the WWI with the Spanish Flu. Social media users widely shared a short video clip of his statement in an attempt to point out Trump's "inaccurate knowledge" of history, suggesting that it's "another example that makes him a presidential misfit."
Trump said the 1917 Spanish Flu ended World War II— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) August 11, 2020
-The Spanish Flu was in 1918 -WWII ended in 1945
-Trump was born in 1946
Anyone w/ a functioning mind would not mess this kind of stuff up. His frontotemporal dementia causes gaps in his brain & gaps in is memory. It gets worse
Could someone please explain that influenza had nothing to do with the end of WWI either? It's not just that Trump mixed up the dates or the said world war two instead of world war one. It's that he understands NOTHING about history.— Sean Wasting Time (@seandcorey2) August 11, 2020
I stopped making fun of politicians a long time ago for what they said. Maybe he was mistaken with WWI, or different reasons why he misspoke.I no longer judge them for that. I’m not a Trump supporter either. People screw up theytalk for a living and mistakes will be made— Rob Schaefer (@RobSchaeferJD) August 11, 2020
Such arguments continue to accelerate in both sides of political life in the US as we get closer to November 2020 elections, as supporters of Trump and Biden pick up speech mistakes made by each candidate to showcase their incompetence for office.
A few weeks ago, supporters of President Trump shared videos of his DNC rival Joe Biden, as he arrived at a campaign event; arguing that he had forgotten where he was, in addition to several other videos made by the GOP official social media platforms to suspect the cognitive abilities of the democratic nominee for president.
Joe Biden forgot where he was again. The Democrats are literally running an old man who doesn’t know where he is half the time. Insanity. pic.twitter.com/5EI3g2zFUO— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 28, 2020
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