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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-5 8:52 AM 
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https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-airports-revolutionary-war-855742/

Trump Says Troops ‘Took Over Airports’ During Revolutionary War, in Rainy Fourth of July Speech

 

“The Continental Army… manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do,” the president said

Twenty-eight years after tanks were last in Washington, D.C., they returned for President Donald Trump’s ego parade, titled “A Salute to America.” Although, the tanks did not roll down the city’s streets as the president wanted. They instead flanked him as he gave a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The speech largely avoided politics, focusing instead on the military.

But while recapping great military victories, Trump stumbled, failing to read the teleprompter accurately, he said that American troops in the Revolutionary War “took over airports,” not realizing, of course, that airports did not exist in the 1700s.

 

 

“In June of 1775 the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, commander-in-chief. The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown,” Trump said.

Then, he went off the rails and seemingly mixed up the Revolutionary War with the War of 1812. “Our Army manned the air, it rammed (?) the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, had nothing but victory. When dawn came, the star-spangled banner waved defiant.”

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJul-5 8:53 AM 
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Holy cow, this is fucking embarrassing.  The world is laughing at us and for a very good reason.

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From: Dan (DANCULBERSON) DelphiPlus Member IconJul-5 11:20 AM 
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YWN666 said...

Then, he went off the rails and seemingly mixed up the Revolutionary War with the War of 1812. “Our Army manned the air, it rammed (?) the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do.

Even if he was referencing the War of 1812, the USA didn't have an air force until WWI, because the Wright Brothers didn't fly their airplane until almost 100 years later, in 1903. And to be pedantic, which no one else will probably care about, but he also created the "U.S. Air Force" before it was established. It didn't become a separate branch of the Armed Forces until after WWII, during which it was known as the "U.S. Army Air Force." Also, the words of the Air Force and Army songs were changed from the way that I learned them.

 

 
From: sbljrJul-6 7:49 AM 
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I believe the first war in which the U.S. "manned the air" was the Civil War.  Hot air balloons were used to spy on Confederate troops.

But even then there were no "airports" of course since hot air balloons are, to say the least, not very well suited to make use of them.

 

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