WAIT! Donald Trump Is To Give A Speech Near the Site Of A Civil War Battle He Made Up?
Next week, Donald Trump announced that he was going to give major campaign speech and had selected the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, as the venue.
When challenged on the historical veracity of a marker for a heretofore unheard of even in an equally obscure and undocumented war, this is what happened:
“That was a prime site for river crossings,” Mr. Trump said. “So, if people are crossing the river, and you happen to be in a civil war, I would say that people were shot — a lot of them.”
The club does indeed lie a stone’s throw from Rowser’s Ford, where, as an official historical marker notes, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart led 5,000 Confederate troops including cavalry across the Potomac en route to the Battle of Gettysburg.
But no one died in that crossing, historians said, or in any other notable Civil War engagement on the spot.
“How would they know that?” Mr. Trump asked when told that local historians had called his plaque a fiction. “Were they there?”
Please tell me he means this flag: pic.twitter.com/qlMIsgCGSw
— Liam Donovan (@LPDonovan) June 8, 2016
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