The Independence Day that shocked the world. No, not 1776. 2019.
Trump‘s address at the Lincoln Memorial WAS truly memorable, but not for the reasons he had hoped. As you’ve likely heard, he did slip up during his speech making reference to American soldiers taking over “airports” during the Revolutionary War. Trump said,
“Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do.”
POTUS also made a reference to a battle at Fort McHenry that didn’t occur until decades after the Revolutionary War.
Then he blamed the whole thing on the teleprompter going out due to the rain, but said that he
“knew the speech very well.”
McSweeney‘s had a hilarious parody titled, The Battle at John F. Kennedy Airport, 1776. An excerpt,
“The militia hid in the long lines at customs and the multitude of Hudson News’ stands, amongst the travelers fumbling to gather their belongings after going through security, as well as the ones asking if this was the terminal with Shake Shack. Corners of America the British had never seen, paths they couldn’t possibly navigate.
When the British marched through Terminal 2 and stopped to ask if they could order from the Delta Sky Club Menu, the Minutemen attacked from the CIBO Express. When they marched through the airport’s largest terminal, T4, our brave army men took them down…”
And it didn’t take long for Twitter to explode with the hashtag
On behalf of General Washington and the entire crew, welcome aboard Continental Airlines flight 1776, with non-stop service to Yorktown and continuing on to Fort McHenry. #RevolutionaryWarAirports— D Patek (@familypast) July 5, 2019
Dearest Martha,— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 5, 2019
My flight has been delayed. I swear when we take this country I will change it from British Airlines to American Airlines.
I’m waiting at the Cinnabon now.
My Abigail, We flew out of Boston in middle seats, our only option with no upgrade. We had given our hard-earned miles to the poor. The provisions were small knots of salted dough and tinned juice of old tomatoes, spiced to hide the rot. Yours, James #RevolutionaryWarAirports— (((Sharon Gelman)))🌊 (@sharongelman) July 5, 2019
Dearest Beatrice,— Heather sjgrrrl1979 (@Brittana365) July 5, 2019
These Americans truly are savages. Gate 2C’s Starbucks carries nary almond nor soy milk and I fear our lactaid supplies shant last the night.
If you find yourself in D.C. this weekend, please visit the Hall of Remembrance, Dulles Airport Museum. A moment of silence for all those that gave up so much. ##RevolutionaryWarAirportStories pic.twitter.com/1rFYsNbxpy— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 5, 2019