Trump’s remarks are the latest in a series of historical misunderstandings (some would say fabrications) that continue to undermine his presidency.
In 2015, The New York Times noted that candidate Trump erected a civil war memorial to a battle named that “River of Blood” on his Sterling, Virginia golf course. Civil War historians, however, assert that the “River of Blood” never happened.
The memorial’s commemorative plaque claims:
“The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ”
Despite local historians’ insistence that his claims have no basis in fact, Trump maintains that his memorial is grounded in historical legitimacy:
“That was a prime site for river crossings,” he 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,” also questioning how historians could know differently if they weren’t there**.