Can't Trump Tell the Difference Between WWI and WWII? He Claimed That Spanish Flu Ended 'WWII in 1917'

Published August 11th, 2020 - 06:31 GMT
Can't Trump Tell the Difference Between WWI and WWII? He Claimed That Spanish Flu Ended 'WWII in 1917'
Approaching elections are fueling concerns over candidates cognitive abilities, including President Trump's. (Twitter: @smacktuna)

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.

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."

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.

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