Donald Trump read most of his Independence Day speech from a ready text; however, came upon his history at one point: He talked about airports in the course of the American Revolution.
“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports,” Trump mentioned of the fighting force created by the Continental Congress in 1775.
There was no air travel in 18th Century America.
One different note: The battle at Fort McHenry that inspired Francis Scott Key to write down “The Star-Spangled Banner” took place during the War of 1812, not the American Revolution.
“In June of 1775, the 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. The Army suffered a bad winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.
“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiantly.”