Speaking at a White House press briefing on Monday evening, the president got every historical fact wrong:
"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."
The president was seemingly alluding to the Spanish Flu, which broke out in 1918. The first infections were identified in March of that year and lasted until 1920.
From a newspaper during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. Still very good advice. https://t.co/xYGf9yI23q
This is definitely not the first time Trump has gotten his facts wrong, whether due to actively avoiding truth-telling or out of pure carelessness. In the past week, however, he has also specifically had difficulty remembering how to pronounce words. He called Yosemite National Park “yo-semite” and pronounced Thailand as, “Thighland.”
Perhaps the president is more focused on the nearing 2020 election polling numbers, rather than worrying about getting the facts straight.