During the President's Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore, he made a claim that's getting some pretty negative attention from history buffs online.
President Trump's claim, giving America credit for many great moments in history, was reposted to Twitter by the official White House account.
"Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the internet. We settled the… https://t.co/k5TwjdxRVq— The White House 45 Archived (@The White House 45 Archived) 1593998280.0
Twitter quickly dissected some world history for the struggling President.
Rutherford (Kiwi) split the atom, Bell (Scot) invented the telephone, Berners-Lee (Brit) invented the WWW, ‘settlin… https://t.co/ZgsCFzX8T8— Stephen Mangan (@Stephen Mangan) 1594100465.0
Dear @WhiteHouse, are you trolling him too now? https://t.co/wgsareabT0— Ken Barlow (@Ken Barlow) 1594384145.0
Fake news anyone? The comments.... https://t.co/0dQYrvUvBu— Ben Shirley (@Ben Shirley) 1594410473.0
President Trump has never been a big fact-checker despite his claims of reverence for history.
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Who was his history teacher? I have questions.— Fake History Hunter (@Fake History Hunter) 1594116647.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Actually the atom was first split in a British university by a New Zealander. The elec… https://t.co/2Ty1S8gpiw— James West (@James West) 1594103271.0
Most of the accomplishments Trump listed were achieved by non-Americans.
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Tesla was a Serb. Bell was a Scot. Tim Berners-Lee was British. You can own the Native… https://t.co/FPXEdmtsJK— Iona Brand (@Iona Brand) 1594120395.0
Electricity. Hard to pinpoint one nation. Splitting atom. Ernest Rutherford. New Zealander working in UK. Phone. Al… https://t.co/ILHSMNkSOr— Rob Manuel 🌭 (@Rob Manuel 🌭) 1594113311.0
Given Rutherford (atom) was from New Zealand, Sir Tim Berners-Lee (Internet), England, and Alexander Graham Bell (t… https://t.co/58TolgYtVP— Mark Stephens (@Mark Stephens) 1594214236.0
Loving America doesn't mean taking credit for all of history's great moments.
Woah, woah, some beg to differ! Find out more about how the atom was split: https://t.co/9NKeyIMsFh https://t.co/vhdcVwzcIs— The University of Manchester (@The University of Manchester) 1594127451.0
LOOOOOOOOOL Atom - Rutherford, a New Zealander. Internet - Tim Berners-Lee, an Englishman. Telephone - Alexander… https://t.co/qNbeDU0NAO— Daniele Palumbo (@Daniele Palumbo) 1594130454.0
Atom was split by Earnest Rutherford from NZ. Phone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell from Scotland. World War… https://t.co/ImB81X81hs— Jemaine Clement (@Jemaine Clement) 1594093268.0
At this point, almost no one expects the President to be honest or factual.
Tim Berners-Lee sat at home spitting his tea as he reads this. https://t.co/Su4NOrJ8H4— Mike P Williams (@Mike P Williams) 1594123530.0
@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump Actually almost totally incorrect.....— GuntherBett #BeTheChangeYouSeek #3.5%+Gen. Strike (@GuntherBett #BeTheChangeYouSeek #3.5%+Gen. Strike) 1594116601.0
Telephone: 🇮🇹 + 🏴 The web: 🏴(On 🇺🇸 ARPANET) WWI: 🇫🇷 🇬🇧 🇮🇹 🇷🇺 🇯🇵 (🇺🇸 joined late) WWII: 🇫🇷 🇬🇧 🇷🇺 🇨🇳 (🇺🇸… https://t.co/VeZNZc337j— Stephen Grant (@Stephen Grant) 1594369602.0
There were other things Trump mentioned that might not have deserved any glory.
1/3 Well I think eels got to electricity first, and arguably Michael Faraday 'harnessed' it, as opposed to simply s… https://t.co/jtQZdcTKxf— Thom Hetherington (@Thom Hetherington) 1594373674.0
2/3 Scot, Bell, who lived in Canada. You get the Internet, but it wasn't a lot of fun until Berners-Lee, a Brit, in… https://t.co/ay0xRPmoRy— Thom Hetherington (@Thom Hetherington) 1594373674.0
3/3 other countries arguably did more (ie Russia in the WWII), and you've also lost many smaller wars on your own.… https://t.co/B8U85Mcj8R— Thom Hetherington (@Thom Hetherington) 1594373674.0
Perhaps the White House should be investing in a history teacher instead of more big speeches for the President.