Donald Trump has tried to take credit for ‘creating’ the Texas oil industry, even though he wasn’t even born when it began.
The POTUS was speaking on Monday about his polling numbers in Texas.
“We’re doing very well in Texas,” Trump claimed, despite a recent poll suggesting he was actually tied with Joe Biden in the southern US state.
(This is potentially huge as no Democratic presidential candidate has won Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976.)
Trump then claimed:
I read where I was one point up in Texas. I’m not one point up in Texas. We’re many points up.
Speaking on his reasoning why he couldn’t possibly be losing, he added:
I saved the oil industry. Two months ago, I saved the oil industry. I created it… we became number one… we have millions of jobs and I saved it so Texas is not going to have to let go of millions and millions of people.
Trump didn’t outline exactly what he did to save the oil industry in Texas, which has reportedly seen huge financial losses and nearly 100,000 layoffs due to the effects of the coronavirus.
Many people took to social media to mock the President’s claim he ‘created’ the oil industry in Texas:
The first ever oil well in Texas was built in 1866, west of the Sabine River – this was a whole 80 years before Trump was even born.
There was then a Texas oil boom in the early 1900s, making it one of the leading oil-producing states in the US.