Trump Proud That Americans “Took Over The Airports” In 1775

U.S. President Donald Trump has said a lot of strange things during his two and a half years as the nation’s leader. This past fourth of July gave us yet another strange phrase to chuckle at. In a speech during Independence Day celebrations in Washington D.C., Trump spoke of the valor, courage, and accomplishments of the Continental Army: Ramming the ramparts and taking over the… airports?

Trump made his inaccurate remarks during Fourth of July celebrations in Washington D.C.. Photo: Flickr user gageskidmore

Now, it should be quite apparent to most people that airports were not really a thing back when revolutionary war troops fought for independence in 1775.

(For anyone wondering, the first airport is believed to be College Park Airport in Maryland, USA – founded in 1909, according to aviation training website BAA Training.)

The speech

With the rain coming down, President Trump hosted his “Salute to America” event and addressed the crowd with an inspirational speech. Part of this speech paid tribute to the soldiers who fought for independence from the British:

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“Our army manned the [unclear]. 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. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.”

Later, when confronted with his obvious mistake, President Trump put the blame on a malfunctioning teleprompter saying the following:

“Yeah, the teleprompter went out…It kept going on. And then, at the end, it just went out. It went kaput.”

Twitter fun

Of course Twitter had a field day with the comment. Here are some of the ‘highlights’ poking fun at the big mistake:

Other aviation-related musings by Trump

Here are some other notable aviation-related tweets and remarks made by President Donald Trump since he took office over two years ago:

1. 737 MAX Rebrand: After the Ethiopian Airlines crash led to the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, this is the advice Trump indirectly gave to Boeing:

2. Airplanes are too complicated: Commenting on the complexities of modern aircraft, Trump accused manufacturers of making aircraft that needed “computer scientists from MIT” and “Albert Einstein” to fly the planes. In fact, here is the second part of his Twitter rant:

3. Overpriced Air Force One: Finally, we’ll end with an early Trump tweet where he calls out Boeing for making Air Force One too expensive:



While Trump has made many, many inaccurate claims and seemingly random remarks on Twitter, the examples above seem to be a little less crazy – or at least they come from a good place:

Yes, the 737 MAX could use a rebrand once its fundamental flaws are eliminated. The “MAX” name is now tarnished forever and will always be associated with the scandal and crisis.

Yes, the dominance of computerization (MCAS) in the flight process was a factor in the 737 MAX crashes.

And yes, there have been reports of defence contractors taking advantage of the U.S. Government’s deep pockets, unfairly inflating the price.

A shot of Air Force One over Mt. Rushmore.Photo: Wikipedia.

However, even though we can try our best to understand the reasoning behind all of Trump’s comments, there were definitely no airports in 1775.

What do you think of his excuse? Did the teleprompter really cut out or is he just reluctant to own a mistake?

  1. In fairness, I can see the possibility of an error of transcription here: it’s easy for “their ports” to become “the airports”, for example.
    I also agree with tweets 1 and 2 above (re-branding and software complication).

    Not trying to be pro-Trump here, but please remember that Mr. Obama cocked up his text during his Oath of Office, which had to be repeated the next day behind the scenes to ensure that the Constitution had been satisfied on this point.

    The French president, Mr. Macron, recently (inadvertently) referred to the “delicious wife” of the Australian prime minister, when he in fact meant “delightful wife”:

    We’re all human 😉

    1. Yes I agree but if it was an honest mistake, why haven’t we heard anything confirming it was a mistake? He was clearly serious because he has yet to comment on it saying it was a simple mistake.

  2. Trump may say some random things sometimes but people really have to let it go, constantly making him the focus of everything does nothing but divide people

  3. First lets put a number to “Trump has made many, many inaccurate claims and seemingly random remarks on Twitter.” To date Trump is at 10,800 and counting false or misleading claims on every issues that has touched him as president (forget pre-POTUS), this from a man who mocked Obama’s use of the teleprompter when addressing the public. Republicans spent years criticizing the former President for leaning on the devices when he spoke rather than going off-the-cuff. The attack carried so much weight that some Republican presidential candidates eschewed the Teleprompter altogether during the 2012 campaign season.

  4. I am sorry, but your story and headline are just snarky. On July 3rd we had Mark Finlay in his article “President Donald Trump To Close Washington Airport For 2 Hour” write a snarky comment with this sentence … “To accommodate the former reality star and casino mogul’s wishes, the fireworks display launch point has been moved from the National Mall to the Tidal Basin.” That sentence is completely irrelevant to the story and is meant to diminish the President of the United States. Then, of course, he had to throw in the democrats criticism. No such qualifier or criticism would have been made if the president was Barack Obama. You and I know it.

    The president misspoke, let it go at that. Are you perfect? No, I didn’t think so. You get to edit before you publish, in public speaking you don’t. As for the Donald Trumps tweet about complexity of tofay’s aircraft, he is correct. The computers took control away from the pilots and crashed the two 737 MAX’s. That is why the entire fleet of MAX’s worldwide is grounded. It proves his point. After all, the man owns a Boeing 757, owned a 727, and owned the Trump Shuttle. He knows airplanes. Finally, he was right about the cost of the new presidential 747’s and negotiated a new deal with Boeing that saved a billion dollars. No small savings.

    You guys run a terrific website and I read it every day, but two articles on three days with disrespectful snark regarding the president of the United States does not fit you, Mr. Finlay or your website well. It is best if you do what you do best – write about aircraft, airlines and airports, and stay away from politics.

  5. While we’re on the subject of mocking presidents in the context of aviation, let’s put the shoe on the other foot, and see how well it fits.
    How many people noticed the quirky manner in which president Obama used to descend the steps of Air Force One? He’d hold his wrists together and let them flop and down, like a ground squirrel. Here’s a video compilation:

    So, both sides can fling dirt, if they want to. But wouldn’t it be better to just stop the dirt flinging altogether?

    p.s. I’m not an American. If I were, I’d be a swing voter.

  6. Now the public is asked to trust Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, and his reported commitment to a fixed price of $3.9 billion, this after “Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley declared that:

    “President Trump had reached an informal deal with Boeing on a fixed-price contract for the new Air Force One Program. Thanks to the president’s negotiations, the original contract will save the taxpayers more than $1.4 billion,”

    President Trump had objected in late 2016 that costs were creeping past $4 billion from the original $3 billion, then the White House said the costs would be over $5 billion — the White House did not revealed what accounted for the ever higher estimates.

    Update: “The total VC-25B acquisition cost…is $5.3B and encompasses all costs associated with fielding the system,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek wrote in an email, referring to the new Air Force One by its military designation.”

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