President Donald Trump is casting blame on the teleprompter going “kaput” after he sparked a social media storm following a gaffe he made at the Fourth of July “Salute to America” event.
During Thursday’s event in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the president took an unusual turn when talking about the Continental Army in 1775 and claimed the American airforces “took over the airports,” as IJR Blue reported.
Planes weren’t introduced until over 120 years after the Revolutionary War and weren’t commonly used in war until World War I.
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During his July 4th speech, President Donald Trump says American forces “took over the airports” during the US War of Independence in the late 18th century.
Planes were not used in warfare until the 20th century. pic.twitter.com/pxhYVdfGz4
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) July 5, 2019
The president’s error caused many to trend #RevolutionaryWarAirports on Twitter, as people created their own airport stories:
We missed out flight when the TSA discovered my musket hidden in my carry on bag.
Also, I couldn’t get my cell phone to charge because electricity hasn’t been invented yet. #RevolutionaryWarAirports
— Scott Williams (@jswilliams1962) July 5, 2019
One if by Land.
Two if by Sea.
Three if by the Delta Shuttle from LaGuardia.
— Marco Price (@Primar13) July 5, 2019
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) July 5, 2019
On behalf of General Washington and the entire crew, welcome aboard Continental Airlines flight 1776, with non-stop service to Yorktown and continuing on to Fort McHenry. #RevolutionaryWarAirports
— D Patek (@familypast) July 5, 2019
My flight has been delayed. I swear when we take this country I will change it from British Airlines to American Airlines.
I’m waiting at the Cinnabon now.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 5, 2019
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 5, 2019
It was the most hellish of flights across the Potomac. I sat beside a gentleman extolling the virtues of The Mad king. He wore a red cap emblazoned with the slogan ‘Make the Colonies Great Again’.Next time I‘ll take a boat.
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) July 5, 2019
Answering to his slip up, the president said the teleprompter kept going in and out, and eventually “it went kaput.” He described the technical error due to rain as “not a good feeling.”
“Standing in front of millions and 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. So but, … I knew the speech very well, so i was able to do without a teleprompter but the teleprompter did go out. And it was actually hard to look at anyway, because there was rain all over it. “
See Trump’s explanation below:
President Trump: "That's not a good feeling when you're standing in front of millions and millions of people on television… And I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter. But I knew the speech very well." pic.twitter.com/5MCZc2Vw6t
— The Hill (@thehill) July 5, 2019
Trump’s gaffe isn’t the only thing that happened during Thursday’s Independence Day event, as he defied expectations, side-stepping political rhetoric during his speech. Instead, the president offered a lot of praise to the military, as IJR Red previously reported.