President Donald Trump once again embarrassed himself on the world stage this week while speaking off the cuff about American inventions—or inventions he believes to be American, at least.
Trump was giving an interview to CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
While praising billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Trump changed topics to the invention of the wheel:
"I was worried about [Musk}, because he's one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius. You know, we have to protect Thomas Edison, and we have to protect all of these people that came up with, originally, the lightbulb, and the wheel and all of these things."
President Trump on Elon Musk: "He's also doing the rockets. He likes rockets, and he does good at rockets too, by… https://t.co/3ES2zbJg2S— Breaking911 (@Breaking911)1579725256.0
In reality, of course, the wheel was invented about 5200 years before the Declaration of Independence was written. It's probably safe to say that the ancient Mesopotamians responsible for the revolutionary achievement no longer require Trump's "protection" for the now-ubiquitous invention.
Trump then switched to Musk's rocket abilities:
"He's also doing the rockets, he likes rockets, and he does good at rockets, too, by the way. I never saw where the engines come down with no wings, no anything, and they're landing."
@Breaking911 Why is this man so abnormal.... it’s not even funny anymore— Benjamin L Barnes (@Benjamin L Barnes)1579725385.0
@JoshuaPotash @7dnetwork What????? https://t.co/VK3aGqivYs— Emmyjo (@Emmyjo)1579723254.0
@JoshuaPotash I don't mean to sound complimentary of @realDonaldTrump but his level of astounding ignorance and glo… https://t.co/QEbfVJ2CqI— Jukebox Romeo 🇺🇸 (@Jukebox Romeo 🇺🇸)1579721180.0
@JoshuaPotash @pmweisser Why is he even allowed to leave the WH? I wish every microphone would suddenly break or ju… https://t.co/Q3ZXKwrsfJ— Amanda Schweiger (@Amanda Schweiger)1579721436.0
@JoshuaPotash Isn't he a national embarrassment every minute of every day?— StopTheBans (@StopTheBans)1579727883.0
@JoshuaPotash Can his handlers give him some pages to read from? One with written with Sharpies?— Stacey Williams (@Stacey Williams)1579725712.0
@JoshuaPotash Yet someone will see this and see a stable genius. How? I don’t know.— Peter Rothman (@Peter Rothman)1579777301.0
The President returned from Davos earlier this week to Democratic House impeachment managers making the case for his removal, but not before essentially admitting to Democrats' second article of impeachment.
By all means, get this guy in front of a camera, he's so good at it.