President Donald Trump managed to deliver his egomaniacal Independence Day speech but not without the embarrassing flubs of a man who clearly was reading it from a teleprompter for the first time.
And the Internet took notice.
Especially when Trump told attendees that Washington’s army “took over the airports” – since the modern-day airplane wasn’t invented until over a century later.
"Cornwallis **of** Yorktown"?
"Manned the amperts”?
“Ranned the ramparts"?
"Took over the airports”? (Wright brothers born 1867 & 1871)
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) July 5, 2019
As some noted, Trump was just speaking words that clearly had no impact on him.
The issue isn’t that Trump misspoke regarding history- the issue is that he was so uninvolved with the meaning of the words he was mindlessly ready AND/(or) he is so ignorant, that his “fail 7th grade history” comments did not even catch his attention as being ludicrous.
— David Reiss, M.D. (@DMRDynamics) July 5, 2019
Which is why it was so unconvincing and ineffective. You know who he is, and so you know the words mean nothing to him. https://t.co/BEMbwazlfs
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) July 4, 2019
Social media users quickly took advantage of the opportunity to deliver some humor at the President’s expense, sparking #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories to trend on Twitter. Take a look:
Our retreat from Manhattan after the battle against General Howe was ensured by a providential fog with which He saw fit to deliver.
The Almighty has also seen fit that said fog has grounded Howe's tacair units at LaGuardia.#RevolutionaryWarAirportStories
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 5, 2019
My Dearest Rose,
I'm afraid I must be the bearer of bad news. My flight has already been delayed a fortnight, and I fear it will be longer. The army has shut down the airport and the airplane will not be invented for 6 score and 7 years from now.#RevolutionaryWarAirportStories
— JackWBower (@Trumpet1984) July 5, 2019
— Gaye Haynes (@ghaynes57) July 5, 2019
Little-Known Fact: We won because so many British soldiers couldn't fit their muskets in the overhead bin on their flights over.
— ReallyDon'tTrump (@reallyDontTrump) July 5, 2019
A unit of Gen. Nathaniel Greene's army after the capture of the British Airway checkin desks at Boston Logan Airport, July 22 1781. The capture assured troops much needed smokehouse almonds and complementary beverages. #TrumpSpeech #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories pic.twitter.com/aaC7aEqVhM
— Green Mountain Bear (@greenmtnbear) July 5, 2019
— Airship (@AirshipZR1) July 5, 2019
#RevolutionaryWarAirportStories "One if by sea, Two if by land and Three if by AIR"
— M A K (@MAK7591) July 5, 2019
We beat the British because they had to connect through Atlanta. #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories
— Steve Kish (@skishman) July 5, 2019
The Battle of Baggage Claim (1776)
Many Lives were lost. And Bags too. Some people are saying it was the worst massacre they had ever seen.
— Covfefe Jones- King Of Shade👑 (@King_Of_Shade) July 5, 2019
— Mandy Kubik (@NDsweetheart) July 5, 2019
— Shelwass (@shelwass) July 5, 2019
I will not, under any circumstance, throw away my shot. As I explained this to the TSA agent who demanded I do exactly that, she forcibly removed me & is now searching my nethers. I may be delayed but my love for you is on time.
— ᑕᕼᑌᑎK (@chunkled) July 5, 2019
The worst part of colonial airports was taking off your powdered wig and shoes going through security and your hose would get all dirty
— RammedTheRampartsHat (@Popehat) July 5, 2019
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Madison Cawthorn Retains High-Powered GOP Attorney for Case Seeking to Disqualify Him as an Insurrectionist
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing several six challengers to his seat in the House of Representatives this year. Two Democrats will face off, with one becoming their party’s nominee. Four Republicans are primarying the far-right freshman lawmaker, one of those five will go on to face the Democratic challenger.
But Congressman Cawthorn is facing an even great challenge, and he’s taking it seriously.
A group of attorneys is looking at both the 14 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and North Carolina law, in an attempt to have him declared an insurrectionist and therefore unfit to serve.
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress,” the 14th Amendment reads, “who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The New York Times Tuesday night reports “Mr. Cawthorn, 26, who is in his first term in Congress, has denounced the case as an egregious misreading of the 14th Amendment, but he has retained James Bopp Jr., one of the most prominent conservative campaign lawyers in the country, as counsel.”
Bopp, known as being one of the attorneys who won the democracy-damning Citizens United case at the Supreme Court, flooding American politics with millions (billions?) in dark money. He’s also been a vice-chair of the RNC, and is recognized as a top conservative lawyer.
The Times adds that “North Carolina’s election statute offers challengers a remarkably low bar to question a candidate’s constitutional qualifications for office. Once someone establishes a ‘reasonable suspicion or belief’ that a candidate is not qualified, the burden shifts to the officeseeker to prove otherwise.”
Other Republicans are likely worried, which should have some wondering who’s footing the bill for Bopp.
“If Mr. Cawthorn is labeled an ‘insurrectionist,’ that could have broader ramifications. Other Republican House members, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, face similar accusations, but their state’s election laws present higher hurdles for challenges to their candidate qualifications. If one of their colleagues is disqualified for his role in encouraging the rioters, those hurdles might become easier to clear.”
Read the entire Times report here.
Chasten Buttigieg Slams Florida GOP’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill for ‘Pushing LGBTQ Families Back Into the Closet’
Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.”
Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.”
“And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'”
Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.”
This will kill kids, @RonDeSantisFL. You are purposefully making your state a harder place for LGBTQ kids to survive in. In a national survey (@TrevorProject), 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year. Now they can’t talk to their teachers? https://t.co/VtfFLPlsn3
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) January 20, 2022
The bill, sponsored by freshman Republican state Rep. Joe Harding, in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
Buttigieg, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, said, “if kids come into the classroom Monday morning, and they’re all talking about their weekends, and hypothetically a kid like mine says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dad. We went to the zoo, we went and got ice cream,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘hey, we don’t talk about things like that in this classroom’? You know, and not only what does that do to kids like mine, but also do to a kid in the classroom [who is] starting to realize that they’re different.”
JUST NOW: “”What kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet and saying we can’t talk about you? … [Kids] take that trauma to heart.”@Chasten on what is being called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in FL.pic.twitter.com/M1Qiz9Zt9f
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) January 25, 2022
Image by Pete for America via Flickr
Psaki Schools Doocy on Trump’s Infamous Twitter Tantrums After He Whines About ‘Hashtag’ Diplomacy
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday by reminding him that former President Donald Trump had a history of conducting diplomacy through tantrums on Twitter.
At a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why Secretary of State Antony Blinken had expressed support for Ukraine on Twitter with the hashtag “#IStandWithUkraine.”
“Has that ever worked in stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything, a hashtag?” Doocy wondered.
“I will have to say that, unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” Psaki replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people who do view commentary through a range of forums.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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