Trump Mentions Apollo 11, Artemis & Impossible Revolutionary War Things in Independence Day Speech

President Donald Trump signs an executive order reviving the National Space Council. (Credit: The White House)

President Donald J. Trump gave an Independence Day speech on the National Mall in Washington, DC on Thursday. Below are excerpts of the speech related to space and aviation.

I’ve added corrections where required because Trump — the man who has pledged to land astronauts back on the moon in five years — well, he um….Just read on. You’ll see why I’m a bit flabbergasted by his version of history.


DONALD J. TRUMP: “Exactly 50 years ago this month, the world watched in awe as Apollo 11 astronauts launched into space with a wake of fire and nerves of steel, and planted our great American flag on the face of the moon.

“Half a century later, we are thrilled to have here tonight the famed NASA Flight Director who led Mission Control during that historic endeavor: the renowned Gene Kranz. Gene, I want you to know that we are going to be back on the moon very soon. And someday soon, we will plant the American flag on Mars. It’s happening, Gene. It’s happening.”

Revolutionary War

DONALD J. TRUMP: “In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified army out of the revolutionary forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, Commander-in-Chief.”

It was named the Continental Army, not the George Washington Army. They named Washington after Washington. You know, the city you were speaking in while looking out at the Washington Monument.

DONALD J. TRUMP: “The Continental Army suffered the bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware, and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.”

Cornwallis of Yorktown? Um…no…That’s just where the battle took place.

Trump also reversed the order of the crossing and Valley Forge, but that’s a minor mistake.

TRUMP: “Our Army manned the [Inaudible] — it rammed the ramparts.”


DONALD J. TRUMP: “It took over the airports.”

Revolutionary War: 1775-1783
First powered aircraft flight: 1903
First airport: 1909 (College Park, Maryland)

DONALD J. TRUMP: “It did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory.”

British shelling of Fort McHenry: September 1814
War of 1812: 1812-1815

Revolutionary War: 1775-1783
Continental Army: 1775-1783
George Washington: 1732-1799

So the Continental Army was defunct and Washington long dead by then, but I doubt most MAGA supporters know or care.

DONALD J. TRUMP: “And when dawn came, their Star Spangled Banner waved defiant.”

Not the Continental Army’s flag, but close enough.

So, Trump clearly failed history and clearly didn’t watch Schoolhouse Rock when he was growing up. Just goes to show the truth of the old adage: Those who never learned history are doomed to mangle it.

For those who want a good laugh, go look at #RevolutionaryWarAirportStories on Twitter. You won’t be disappointed.