Per usual, Trump does himself a disservice, this time undercutting his own previous proposals to cut funding for education.
Mr. And Mrs. Trump each made a case for just the opposite on Twitter this morning by botching the basic facts of one of the most important moments in American history.
A quick review: today is, in fact, Pearl Harbor Day, which honors the legacy of the 2,403 U.S. citizens killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941. It propelled the U.S. into World War II and prompted the iconic speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which President Trump managed to effortlessly mangle in his tweet this morning.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – “A day that will live in infamy!” December 7, 1941
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2017
If he’d paid attention in class, he’d have known the quote is actually, ” A date which will live in infamy.”
The First Lady didn’t do any better, in fact her mistake was arguably way worse. Her tweet simultaneously misidentifies both the date of Pearl Harbor Day and today.
She has at least had the grace to since correct her tweet, while the President is standing by his misquote.
Does it count as “fake news” if the quote’s original author is long since dead? Can you call retroactive fake news?