Donald Trump's Fourth of July celebration, the self-proclaimed 'A Salute to America' couldn't have gone much worse for the president.
As the heavens opened upon, unleashing a torrential downpour on his military-themed event, Trump went on a rambling but non-political speech about America's greatest accomplishments on the battlefield.
However, Trump either doesn't know his history or had trouble reading his teleprompter as he managed to confuse the Revolutionary War with the War of 1812, by making reference to the battle of Fort McHenry, which occurred in September 1814.
Whilst that would have been embarrassing enough for the president, he had previously made mention of American troops 'taking over airports' during the conflict, despite air travel in the US not being invented until the early 1900s.
In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York …
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.
Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory.
As @kendallybrown points out, Trump, while struggling to read in this clip, claims that the American military "took… https://t.co/P8gCxivVZH
Trump's inconceivable double gaffe didn't go unnoticed online as people soon took to Twitter to mock the 'very stable genius' for not realising that planes wouldn't have been invented for another 127 years at that point.
Trump just said the army took over the airports during the Revolutionary War.
That’s, um, 127 years before the air… https://t.co/2MTRWROFOH
Trump's line quickly became a hilarious viral joke imaging what the battle might have looked like if modern travel had been around at that point in history using the hashtag #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories.
Actual footage of the U.S. Army storming the airports during the War of 1812: https://t.co/z4CvvgjvzP