Skip to comments.Trump blames 'airports' gaffe on teleprompter
Posted on 07/05/2019 9:51:58 AM PDT by Ennis85
US President Donald Trump has blamed a teleprompter going "kaput" for a glaring anachronism in his Fourth of July speech.
He told crowds on Independence Day the Continental Army "took over the airports" from the British during the American Revolutionary War in 1775.
Explaining away the slip-up on Friday, Mr Trump also said it was hard to read the teleprompter in the rain.
He hosted a military parade at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday.
During his "Salute to America" speech, he was talking about the year 1775 when he said: "Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do."
Critics pointed out the revolutionaries could not have seized airports more than a century before the first powered flight - credited to the Wright brothers in 1903 - took off.
Outside the White House on Friday, Mr Trump said: "I guess the rain knocked out the teleprompter.
"I knew the speech very well so I was able to do it without a teleprompter but the teleprompter did go out and it was actually hard to look at anyway because there was rain all over it."
The president spoke to reporters as he departed with First Lady Melania Trump for the weekend to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Mr Trump said the military parade he hosted on Thursday was a "fantastic night" and forecast a rise in US military recruitment.
Before winning the White House, Mr Trump used to mock ex-President Barack Obama for relying on an autocue.
Twitter users were quick to poke fun at Mr Trump for the error, with many using the hashtag #RevolutionaryWarAirports.
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Wow. The media is truly desperate.
Has Obama found the 7 missing states yet?
Dear BBC: Hope you enjoyed working Thursday, losers.
We probably would have caught that, but there are times when you read and aren’t totally tuned in to what you are reading. He may have been thinking a bit too much about events coming up.
It was a great speech. The guy is a human dynamo. Mistakes will happen, and some will look glaring. It comes with the territory.
Look, he made a blooper. In the old days, we would have had a good laugh about it and moved on. Now, of course, the vicious and evil “resistance” crowd is using this as another impeachment reason!
But nobody said anything when Obama said Navy Corpse-man.
If Trump said we took over the airports, then we took over the airports. There were no airplanes yet, but our forward thinking had us take over the airports. Thank you Trump.
Is that all the BBC got out of this speech? smh
3 times no less...same speech.
He also mentioned COTTON.
And....he said White Man!
OhNo! Impeach foty fye!
Ladies...gentleman... this is surely the end of Trump this time. It's been a nice ride for us but I'm afraid it's time to pack it in.
This is the big one!
So? I’m willing to bet that there weren’t any airports open.
I think he said 57 states....as in the Ummah.
Has Obama learned how to spell R-E-S-P-E-C-T yet?
Airports instead of Ramparts? Pretty funny.
Cuz the MSM was so concerned about Bambie’s “57 States” and “Corpsmen” bloopers......
Not to mention all of the FaceBook haters...they are having a field day with this. I would rather have a POTUS slip up about this vs having a POTUS point a crooked, long finger at us and say he never had sex with that woman................
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