‘I’m a Stable Genius’: 7 Times Donald Trump Revealed His Stunning Ignorance
President Donald Trump has called himself a “very stable genius,” a man who knows “more than the generals” about the military. He once claimed that “only I alone can fix all the problems” facing the nation. Not to mention that he often brags about knowing “big words.” However, every time he opens his mouth, he reminds the world of his stunning ignorance.
For years, Trump has refused to release his college transcripts and has even threatened legal action against his alma matter if they release them to the media. This means no one knows how well — or poorly — Trump performed during his college years. But if his public comments about basic history are any indication of his level of knowledge, it is hard to imagine him passing classes without a tremendously generous professor.
Here are 7 times Trump showed an astounding level of ignorance and/or callous indifference about basic history.
1) Airports during the American Revolutionary War
During his 2019 Fourth of July speech, Trump bragged about how American forces “manned the air, it rammed the ramparts and took over the airports,” during the war for independence.
The Revolutionary War took place in the late 1700s, while the airplane was not invented until 1903. Without airplanes, there was no need for airports.
3) Canada and the burning of the White House
“Blame Canada” was a silly song in the 1999 animated “South Park” movie, but Trump seems to have taken the sentiment seriously during a 2018 conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” Trump asked Trudeau in the midst of tariff negotiations.
First off, the British burned down the White House in 1814, during the War of 1812. Second, Canada was not even a country at the time. Canada did not gain independence until more than 50 years after the White House burned down.
4) Congrats to Poland for being invaded
On the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, Trump had a special message for Poland: Congrats!
It is unclear why Trump decided to congratulate Poland for such a dark period of their history, but Trump did it anyway.
On Sunday, Trump canceled his trip to Poland so he could play golf and occasionally receive updates about Hurricane Dorian. When asked by a reporter if he had “a message for Poland on the 80th anniversary of the Second World War,” Trump said he did.
“I do have a great message for Poland. And we have Mike Pence, our Vice President, is just about landing right now. And he is representing me. I look forward to being there soon. But I just want to congratulate Poland,” Trump said, according to the Washington Post.
During World War II, Poland lost roughly 20% of its population.
5) Russia and Ukraine
Two years after Russian dictator Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, Trump vowed that Putin would not invade Ukraine.
“He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want,” Trump said in August 2016.
However, Putin had already invaded Ukraine in 2014 and annexed Crimea.
6) Wheels and walls
In defending his racist plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump claimed that wheels and walls date from the medieval period, which is off by thousands of years.
“They say a wall is medieval — well, so is a wheel,” Trump said in January. “A wheel is older than a wall,” he added, incorrectly.
If wheels and walls seem like they have been around for thousands of years, not hundreds as Trump claims, it is because they have. Walls date back at least 10,000 years, while wheels appear in the historical record just over 5,000 years ago, according to archaeologists.
7) The slave trade
Upon learning about Netherlands’ role in the American slave trade, Trump’s reaction surprised Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“You know, they love me in the Netherlands,” Trump said, according to an upcoming memoir from Bunch, as reported in the Washington Post on Saturday. The incident occurred during a private tour for Trump a few days before his inauguration in 2017.
“I was so disappointed in his response to one of the greatest crimes against humanity in history,” Bunch wrote, describing the incident.
2) George Washington
Trump is worried no one will remember America’s first president, George Washington, because the general who led America’s war for independence refused to name his properties after himself.
“If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it,” Trump said about Mount Vernon, Washington’s Virginia estate. “You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you,” Trump added.
Trump made the comment during a tour of Mount Vernon with French President Emmanuel Macron. The tour guide for the visit described Trump’s ignorance as “truly bizarre” and noted that the French president seemed to know more American history than Trump, according to Politico.