In another show of historical cluelessness, Donald Trump gave a vague congratulations when asked by a reporter to comment on the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany invading Poland, crushing any opposition and resulting in the nation being annexed and divided among German and the Soviet Union in a five-year occupation period marred by brutal oppression and violence.
REPORTER: Do you have a message for Poland on the 80th anniversary of World War 2?
TRUMP: “I do have a great message for Poland & we have Mike Pence, our vice president, is just about landing right now…I just want to congratulate Poland”
[Poland was smashed by Nazis in 1939] pic.twitter.com/PIOrhx3eC7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 2, 2019
After for some reason talking about Mike Pence’s arrival, Trump skips over any mention of World War II to congratulate Poland for being great.
“I just want to congratulate Poland, it’s a great country with great people,” he says. “We also have many Polish people in our country. It could be eight million. We love our Polish friends and I will be there soon.”
Trump isn’t that far off. There are close to nine million people of Polish descent currently living in the U.S. However, it’s not great to mark the anniversary of the invasion of Poland by Nazis that sparked WWII by saying “congratulations.” Of course, when you don’t know anything about the history of the place you’re about to visit, you tend to come off like a kid giving a book report on a book he didn’t read when asked to comment about it.
But when you’re President of the U.S., people tend to notice.
Maybe trump thinks you need an id to buy a history 📖 book. Meanwhile everyone knows you only need an id to buy milk 🥛— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 3, 2019
Bret Stephens: I'm going to make the stupidest possible statement about Poland and World War II.— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) September 3, 2019
Trump: Not on my watch, buddy. https://t.co/d0nm7FV6ku
Everyone shocked the Trump congratulated Poland on the anniversary of their Nazi invasion clearly forgot about how pumped he was on 9/11. pic.twitter.com/oOalcNphrL— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 3, 2019
Trump congratulates Poland on the 80th anniversary of being invaded by Nazi's, after which Poland lost a fifth of its population. Friends, we are beyond weird. https://t.co/3xFwiBQol4— Robert Reich (@RBReich) September 3, 2019
Did trump congratulate Poland for being invaded? Or am I bugging?— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) September 3, 2019
Sometimes the stupid is so stunning it takes my breath away.
— TwiterTwat (@malynresists) September 3, 2019
Congrats on Auschwitz where one million humans were exterminated.
— Dina Queen of Dolphins 🐬 (@Dinalovesdogs) September 3, 2019
What the hell does he think Poland is doing to commemorate the Nazi invasion of that country in 1939? It just figures he hasn’t a clue.
— Sharon Gibson (@SharonGibson3) September 3, 2019
He doesnt have any idea about the significance of historical events, or history itself. You would think he would have received a crash course in modern history, say 1900-2015.
POTUS does have access to tutors I assume.
— PatriotBoy2020 (@Boy2020Patriot) September 2, 2019
The only thing Trump knows about WWII is that it was the backdrop for his first dictator crush.
— ResistanceRules (@ResistanceRules) September 3, 2019
Additionally, Trump would not “be there soon” because he canceled his trip to Poland, sending Pence instead, saying he needed to stay home and monitor Hurricane Dorian. Then he went golfing. Classy as ever, Mr. President.