It’s a perennial criticism of American culture – that of ignorance of history, or the outside world. Trump has been continually mocked and corrected for his “mis-speaking” and stupidities. However this latest dose of general ignorance came not from some late night tweets when his advisers were all off to bed, but actually during a White House briefing session when one might have assumed he’d have been caught by his advisors before making an idiot of himself and embarrassing American Education.
He came out with the alarming notion that Pandemic Flu occurred during 1917 and brought World War II to an early close.
“The closest thing is in 1917, they say, the great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people, it Probably ended the Second World War, all the soldiers were sick.”
As his own grandfather, Fred Trump, died from the 1918 pandemic in um er… 1918 you’d have thought Trump might have this date burned in through family history. But no.
So, just for the record …..The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 came just at the end of World War I, (One) which is maybe what the president intended to refer to. It was first identified in military personnel in the spring of 1918, and on soldiers billeted in cramped conditions. Their dispersal home after being demobbed at the end of the war spread it to an estimated 500 million people worldwide. It continued until the following year.
World War II began in Europe in 1939. Later in the United States.
And the Republicans are running their campaign on Joe Biden’s failing mental acuity and capacity?
What a choice eh?
Copyright David Macadam 2020