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Trump schooled online after claiming 1917 flu pandemic probably ended WWII

President Donald Trump got history wrong on multiple counts Monday when he claimed that the 1917 Spanish flu pandemic likely led to the end of World War II ― which began more than two decades later. 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, Trump said during his White House press briefing. Probably ended the Second World War, all the soldiers were sick. Leading up to that comment, Trump had been praising his administration s response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 160,000 people in the US, claiming without evidence that without his ban on foreign travelers, millions more would be dead.Trump has incorrectly referred to the year of the 1918 pandemic dozens of times, even though his own grandfather Frederick Trump died of it in New York City in 1918.The President says the 1917 pandemic ended the Second World War pic.twitter.com/jSltuSYim2 Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 10, 2020The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1919 overlapped with the final months of World War I, which is ostensibly what the president intended to refer to. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was first identified in military personnel in the spring of 1918 before spreading to an estimated 500 million people worldwide. It continued until the following year. The spread was likely exacerbated by the widespread deployment of troops, crowded wartime living conditions and other effects of the war, the CDC states.World War II began in 1939.Given the Trump campaign s repeated efforts to frame presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as lacking mental acuity, Twitter users did not allow Trump s gaffe to slide.Critics, including Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), former White House ethics chief Walter Shaub and conservative group The Lincoln Project joined the fray:The Second World War ended in 1945. It s cruel for @DonaldJTrumpJr and family to let @realDonaldTrump stand out there like this. https://t.co/E0v9VAcBWX Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 10, 2020The President of the United States of America is the stupidest man in the world. https://t.co/O1CSD5eAIy Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 11, 2020Trump: In 1917, the great pandemic, where they lost 50 to 100 million people, probably ended the Second World War.

1. The pandemic happened in 1918, not 1917.

2. About 37 million people died in WWI, not 50 to 100 million.

3. The Second World War ended in 1945, not in 1917. https://t.co/EEsnVUkXcE Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 10, 2020A significant part of Trump s (and the Trump campaign s) message against Biden has been that Biden gets confused and makes speaking mistakes. https://t.co/pfNGzsQYt2 Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 11, 2020The president thinks the Spanish Flu probably ended World War Two (!) because all the soldiers were sick.

The atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki fell 75 years ago yesterday, bringing a long and devastating war to a shattering, violent end.

Remember history. Don t distort it. George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 10, 2020By the way the 1918 flu pandemic started in 1918, not 1917.

World War 2 ended in 1945.

And for some reason it s the Trump Campaign that s trying to run on mental fitness. The Lincoln Project ️ (@ProjectLincoln) August 11, 2020The republicans are worried about Joe Biden s mental acuity https://t.co/NpmQGSqcjp Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) August 10, 2020If anyone says anything about Joe Biden flubbing a line ever again, just post the clip of Trump saying the 1917 pandemic ended the Second World War over and over again. Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 11, 2020Trump says the Spanish Flu in 1917 probably ended the Second World War.

The Spanish Flu was in 1918 and WWII ended in 1945. It s probably a good thing the Secret Service cut that press conference short. pic.twitter.com/sHQj2Uqov6 Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 10, 2020 The closest thing is, uh, in 1917, they say, uh, The Great- the Great P it certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million probably ended the Second World War, all the soldiers were sick.

-The US President just spoke this sentence John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 10, 2020The genius MAGA crowd who worships and defends the guy who can t pronounce Yosemite or Thailand and says the 1917 pandemic probably ended WW2 thinks Joe Biden is mentally compromised. https://t.co/xt2KY8l1kQ Richard Marx (@richardmarx) August 11, 2020Obama fought WWII but was forced to concede defeat because of the pandemic of 1917 and since then the cupboards have been bare. They couldn t even test for it because there weren t any tests. All the while our soldiers didn t have any bullets. No bullets. Could you imagine? No bu Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) August 11, 2020If you were wondering why President Drink Bleach has botched the response for 7 straight months:

In 1917 the great pandemic certainly was a terrible thing where they lost anywhere from 50 to 150 million people. Probably ended the second world war. All the soldiers were sick. pic.twitter.com/R9YRAcvCZj Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) August 10, 2020How is this not an example of some sort of brain problem or dementia? He has repeatedly, on numerous occasions, claimed the Spanish flu was in 1917, not 1918. He must have been corrected dozens of times. He still says 1917. It s not some sort of politically useful lie. Why do it? https://t.co/EEFifIJxjg Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) August 10, 2020- This article first appeared on HuffPost


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