Proving yet again that he knows next to nothing about world history, President Donald Trump said Monday at his daily coronavirus press briefing that the 1917 Spanish flu pandemic led to the end of the Second World War, even though World War II didn’t begin until 1939.
Here’s the full quote of what Trump said regarding the flu pandemic, which actually occurred in 1918:
“The Great Pandemic was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people. Probably ended The Second World War, all the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation.”
The President says the “1917 pandemic” ended the Second World War pic.twitter.com/jSltuSYim2
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 10, 2020
That was all it took for social media to light up with mockery of the “stable genius,” who clearly didn’t bother to actually study during his four years of college:
The incompetent dullard in chief invents his own world history again.
How on earth is anyone this dim?
— Victoria Brownworth #SaveTheUSPS (@VABVOX) August 11, 2020
I love how his advisers think these press conferences are good for his campaign ?
— Tim J (@IHATETIMJONES) August 10, 2020
Trump: “The Great Pandemic was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people. Probably ended The 2nd World War, all the soldiers were sick. That was a terrible situation.”
Trump’s mental decline is a terrible thing. He was only off by 22 years.
— dlh2409 (@dlh2409) August 10, 2020
I thought the 1919 flu ended the 3rd Punic War between Carthage and Rome 146 BC
— Peter Myers (@Peterlizard) August 10, 2020
Hopefully, the current pandemic will end the Vietnam War
— Rabbi Arnie (@JewishConnectiv) August 10, 2020
That’s a common misconception. The 1917 pandemic was only *part* of the reason the war ended. In reality, the landing of Pilgrims at Normandy, as well as the Anzio parachute drop of the newly formed caveman-dinosaur brigade played a much more significant role.
— Barnabas Bonespurs (@BarneyBonespurs) August 10, 2020
The history department at Trump University was severely underfunded.
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) August 10, 2020
Stay tuned to today’s installment of “As the Trump Turns” when Donald will explain the theory of relativity using crayons and Play-Doh.
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