Trump claims 1775 revolutionary army 'took over airports'

Critics of President Donald Trump were flying high on Thursday after his jaw-dropping gaffe in his Independence Day speech that the US Army took over airports during the Revolutionary War.

Trump, clearly reading from a teleprompter, talked about how the Continental Congress in 1775 "created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York." The army suffered a "bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown," Trump said.

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US President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump leave after attending the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump applauds next to first lady Melania Trump at the "Salute to America" event during Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump departs with first lady Melania Trump during the Fourth of July Celebration 'Salute to America' event in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The White House said Trump's message won't be political -- Trump is calling the speech a "Salute to America" -- but it comes as the 2020 campaign is heating up. Photographer: Al Drago/Sipa USA
Attendees cheer as Blue Angel fighter jets fly overheard as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Fourth of July Celebration 'Salute to America' event in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The White House said Trump's message won't be political -- Trump is calling the speech a "Salute to America" -- but it comes as the 2020 campaign is heating up. Photographer: Al Drago/Sipa USA
Blue Angel fighter jets fly overheard as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Fourth of July Celebration 'Salute to America' event in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The White House said Trump's message won't be political -- Trump is calling the speech a "Salute to America" -- but it comes as the 2020 campaign is heating up. Photographer: Al Drago/Sipa USA
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras/SIPA USA)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate during the Fourth of July Celebration 'Salute to America' event in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The White House said Trump's message won't be political -- Trump is calling the speech a "Salute to America" -- but it comes as the 2020 campaign is heating up. Photographer: Al Drago/Sipa USA
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump looks at Tiffany Trump as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence listen as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, speaks during the Fourth of July Celebration 'Salute to America' event in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The White House said Trump's message won't be political -- Trump is calling the speech a "Salute to America" -- but it comes as the 2020 campaign is heating up. Photographer: Al Drago/Sipa USA
First Lady Melania Trump at the National Mall in Washington, DC on July 4, 2019. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)
US First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence applaud during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump speaks during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: Amber and Jon, of Indiana, who declined to give their last names, sit in the shade at Entrance C two and a half hours before the gates open to go into a ticketed area before the Independence Day festivities on the National Mall and the Salute to America event celebrating the Fourth of July in Washington, DC on July 4, 2019. (Photo by Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4 : President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump depart after participating in an Independence Day Fourth of July Celebration 'Salute to America' event in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall on Thursday, July 4th, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: A "Baby Trump" inflatable is set up by Code Pink on the National Mall during the Independence Day festivities and before the Salute to America event celebrating the Fourth of July in Washington, DC on July 4, 2019. "This has become a symbol of Trump at his worst," Code Pink volunteer Paki Wieland of Massachusetts said. "The Fourth of July has been a holiday so to turn it into a partisan event called for a response and this is our response." (Photo by Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: A "Baby Trump" inflatable is set up by Code Pink on the National Mall during the Independence Day festivities and before the Salute to America event celebrating the Fourth of July in Washington, DC on July 4, 2019. "This has become a symbol of Trump at his worst," Code Pink volunteer Paki Wieland of Massachusetts said. "The Fourth of July has been a holiday so to turn it into a partisan event called for a response and this is our response." (Photo by Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: Betty-Ann Lang, right, and her sister Deborah Sheldon, both of Rhode Island, sit and wait for the events to start near the Lincoln Memorial, which is blocked off before the Salute to America event and during the Independence Day festivities on the National Mall celebrating the Fourth of July in Washington, DC on July 4, 2019. They set up at around 10:30am to get a good spot and plan to stay all day through the fireworks tonight. Sheldon got their matching shirts online. (Photo by Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - 2019/07/04: Activists hold placards with different slogans during the protest. Coinciding with The Fourth of July anniversary, around 50 Americans in Madrid marched in central city to protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies. (Photo by John Milner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D C , UNITED STATES - 2019/07/04: The crowd waiting for President Donald Trump to speak at the National Mall in Washington, DC during the Independence Day on July 4. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The Blue Angels (six F-18s) fly overhead as people gather on the National Mall for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
People sit atop a WWII memorial as they gather on the National Mall for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather on the National Mall for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump is shown on a screen as he speaks during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by Alastair Pike / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: People watch the fireworks display on the National Mall during Fourth of July festivities on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: People watch the fireworks display on the National Mall during Fourth of July festivities on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The Blue Angels (six F-18s) fly overhead as people gather on the National Mall during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Helicopters fly overhead during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
The Blue Angels (six F-18s) fly overhead as people gather on the National Mall during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A "Trump Baby" baloon (R) is seen as people gather on the National Mall during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event with US President Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: A fireworks display follows the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. The presentation featured armored vehicles on display, a flyover by Air Force One, and several flyovers by other military aircraft. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: A fireworks display follows the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. The presentation featured armored vehicles on display, a flyover by Air Force One, and several flyovers by other military aircraft. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: A fireworks display follows the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. The presentation featured armored vehicles on display, a flyover by Air Force One, and several flyovers by other military aircraft. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: An armored military vehicle is seen during a fireworks display that followed the "Salute to America" ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial, on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. The presentation featured armored vehicles on display, a flyover by Air Force One, and several flyovers by other military aircraft. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Fireworks go off over the Lincoln Memorial on July 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. The fireworks display concludes the day's Fourth of July festivities which included President Trump's "Salute to America." (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Guests watch fireworks go off over the Lincoln Memorial on July 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. The fireworks display concludes the day's Fourth of July festivities which included President Trump's "Salute to America." (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump take the stage on July 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: President Donald Trump watches a flyover on July 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Media cover President Donald Trump as he watches a flyover on July 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, among others, wave to the crowd during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by Susan Walsh / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUSAN WALSH/AFP/Getty Images)
Guest cheer as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks during the "Salute to America" Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, July 4, 2019. (Photo by Susan Walsh / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUSAN WALSH/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: A military fly over is seen on the National Mall while President Donald Trump gives his speech during Fourth of July festivities on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: The Lincoln Memorial is seen on the National Mall while President Donald Trump gives his speech during Fourth of July festivities on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: A woman with a red, white and blue umbrella is seen on the National Mall while President Donald Trump gives his speech during Fourth of July festivities on July 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is holding a "Salute to America" celebration on the National Mall on Independence Day this year with musical performances, a military flyover, and fireworks. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
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Here's where it goes off the rails: "Our Army manned the air, it rammed (or 'rand') the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do," Trump added. "And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets' red glare, had nothing but victory. When dawn came, the star-spangled banner waved defiant."

The White House did not provide Trump's complete prepared speech, so it wasn't clear where exactly or how the the goof-up occurred. The president suddenly zoomed ahead from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812, which involved Fort McHenry (he called it "McHendry")— and the "rockets' red glare" and the "star-spangled banner" of Francis Scott Key's national anthem. He seemed to be squinting while reading the teleprompter and struggled with some of the words.

The nation's maiden plane voyage by the Wright Brothers didn't occur until 1903. Trump referred to that flight elsewhere in his speech.

Twitter foes were doing verbal loop-de-loops over the blunder. "Even back then, there were always flight delays on Colonial Airways, since there were no planes," quipped one wag. Some takedowns involved colonial fighters writing home to lovers about being stranded on planes that didn't yet exist.

- This article first appeared on HuffPost

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