Trump says the person who invented the wheel 5,500 years ago should be 'protected'

Trump says the person who invented the wheel 5,500 years ago should be 'protected'

Throughout the years Donald Trump has displayed that he clearly doesn't have the greatest knowledge of history or time.

For instance, he once claimed that airports existed in 1776 and that the Soviet Union decided to become Russia "because of Afghanistan."

Now, he is talking about how some of the world's greatest inventors should be protected like the person who "invented the wheel."

We can't actually be sure who Donald Trump is referring to here but maybe he knows who invented the wheel as historians believe that it first started to appear in ancient Mesopotamian cultures around 3,500 BC.

Speaking to CNBC's Joe Kernan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trump was about the recent financial successes of the eccentric entrepreneur and Space X owner, Elon Musk, whose Tesla car company is now worth more than Ford and GM.

The president said:

We have to give him credit. I spoke to him very recently. 

He's also doing the rockets. He likes rockets, and he does good at rockets too, by the way.

I was worried about him because he's one of our great geniuses.

Trump then goes off on a strange eulogy about 'geniuses' who should be protected like Thomas Edison (died 1931) and the person who invented the wheel (presumably died some millennia before Christ).

 We have to protect Thomas Edison—we have to protect all of these people that came up with originally the light bulb, and the wheel, and all of these things, and he’s one of our very smart people

We want to cherish those people. That’s very important. He’s done a very good job.

We're not quite sure what Trump is on about here and why he's so keen to protect people that are long dead and it's safe to say that Twitter was equally baffled, with some claiming that he thinks an American invented the wheel.

HT The Daily Beast

More: Trump said that there was 'no impeachment' despite the fact that there definitely was

The Conversation (0)