Donald Trump: The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic ended World War II

President Trump Holds a News Conference

Once again, we have a buffet of stupidity from Donald Trump. Take your pick about what outrages and infuriates you today. Let’s start with something I actually think is a good idea from Monsieur Bigly: accepting the Republican nomination at Gettysburg.

Civil War history buffs know that Gettysburg was where the war turned around. Gettysburg was the hinge – while the Union still suffered losses, fortune turned in their favor and that was where the Union turned the war around. It would hold great symbolic power for Donald Trump, the leader of the Nu Confederacy of Dunces, to accept the nomination in a place where the Confederacy began to die. I hope he does it.

Meanwhile, Trump tried to do a press conference in the White House press room but he was ushered out by Secret Service rather quickly – there had been some kind of shooting near the WH. I wonder if they put Trump in the baby bunker again?? But before the Secret Service hustled the Bunker Baby out of the room, this happened:

I remember during the George W. Bush administration, how consistently frustrated I was that the Bush people lacked historical context for nearly everything they did. But now we’re living in this timeline and I just… can’t. The Spanish Flu did not end the second World War. World War II didn’t start until 1939.

President Trump Holds a News Conference

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    The Spanish flu ended World War II after George Washington captured the British airports. Everyone knows that.

    • Lemons says:


    • Astrid says:


    • Mia4s says:

      LMAO! Thank you for the clarification. 😂

      @Kaiser putting this post up right after a Diego Luna post? Thank you for trying to soften the blow, but I’m not sure even Diego is that good. (And by Diego Luna I mean the Italian General who led the Irish against the forces of Genghis Khan. As Republican history books reflect.)

    • AnnaKist says:

      Wonderful comments! 💫 🌟 🌟

    • VirgoGirl29 says:

      Duh…I thought everyone knew that!!

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Did George capture the airports before or after the devastating Battle of Bowling Green? I get so confused with the timeline. You would never know I was a History Major

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Lol…I forgot about The Bowling Green Massacre!

      • Lightpurple says:

        Much like the Battle of New Orleans happening after the War of 1812 has officially ended, the Bowling Green Massacre, which as we all recall involved Muslims, occurred simultaneously with Washington’s capture of the the British airports because General Cornwallis jammed all the cell towers as his final so the colonists in Bowling Green couldn’t signal for help when they were attacked.

    • Yonati says:

      hahahahaha thank you for the morning laughs, @Lightpurple

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      Lololol, this is why I love Lightpurple. Post of the Year!

    • E.D. says:

      So funny, I almost snorted my covfefe out all over my iPad.

    • Lila says:

      Paul Revere needed somewhere to hang his lanterns. That’s why the flight control towers were needed.

  2. Priscila says:

    Of course, it did! In the alternative, dystopian reality this moron lives, the 1918 flu did end the second world war!

    He just let it slip he is one of the lizard people.

  3. Ronaldinhio says:

    This makes me tremendously sad – especially given that he is your Commander in Chief.

  4. KellyRyan says:

    I’ve stopped listening to him and look at the photos. As I posted on LP on Twitter, “I’ve reached a drivel limit.” More comments on his drugged appearance than on what he says. Still hoping for an extended trip to Walter Reed’s detox unit. 🙂

    • Liz version 700 says:

      I have done the same. I take time off from listening to the news and watch Discovery ID instead. Shows like “American Monster” and Murder Cones to Town are less stressful that the current president to me, sigh

      • Lady D says:

        I read Murder Cones* and immediately thought of those orange cones that sit in the middle of the road to warn/move traffic, and wondered how they could be used to murder.
        *I know it’s a typo, but it’s a funny one.

    • JaneEyreApparent says:

      I have an extension on my computer that changes any picture oh him into a picture of kittens. It’s possibly saving my sanity.

  5. Jay says:

    It’s cringeworthy embarrassing, right up there with “many people are talking about Fred Douglass”.

    He must just be putty in the hands of Putin and MBS, so easily led and so eager for praise.

  6. Anna says:

    I’m from Poland and our president is as embarrassing as yours… shit happens

  7. Alexandria says:

    I’m also embarrassed my government was duped 20 million to host a stupid summit between dumbass and Kim. I’m still angry at that.

  8. Darla says:

    Oh yes. The influenza pandemic of 1917 ending WWII. I read about this in the Bible.

  9. Izzy says:

    Somewhere out there is an alternate universe where Hillary Clinton is president and 163,000 Americans aren’t dead from a pandemic. That universe is where I want to go.

    • Traveler says:

      I beg that the multiverse theory proves to be true. That would mean your scenario is definitely playing out somewhere……………those lucky bastards.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    But how did it end the war? Probably? Is the Spanish Flu the reason Adolf killed himself? Did Hiroshima and Nagasaki stop the spread? Exactly and precisely HOW is history being suggested? Elaborate moron. Explain to me how the f@cking Spanish Flu ended WWII.

    • Hoot says:

      @Mabs – As he told Johnathon Swan, “Oh, just read the manuals, read the books.”

      See? THEN we’ll know what this Emperor’s New Clothes president is trying to tell us.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Yes, soon the American people will learn its history through mass distributions of pampers, er, pamphlets. “An American Essay,” in 500 words. Important items of major setbacks are highlighted in blue. Everything else responsible for driving civilization forward is highlighted in red.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Mabs: he said the soldiers all got sick, so I’m guessing they gave up?

  11. Scal says:

    He wants Gettysburg because that’s where he gave his big ‘100 days’ speech last election. And that was a big turning point for him. He’s hoping lightening strikes twice.

    Except you can’t have official election things on NPS park property but I’m sure he’ll find a way to bend the rules again.

  12. Trillian says:

    That‘s what happens when you snatch up a comment from your team but don’t realize there were 2 World Wars, only one of which ended in 1918. Honest mistake, I guess. Germans were involved in both of them after all so who can really tell them apart.

    • Candle says:

      But both wars were beautiful, so they are not that easy to distinguish

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Yeah, who could mess up two entirely different wars? Entirely different weaponry. Entirely different tactics. Entirely different reasons. Shifting alliances and oppositions. Entirely different death tolls. Oh and genocide.

    • Eleonora says:

      With anyone else, I would think he’d just misspoken, but I believe Trump truly thinks WWII ended in 1918.

    • westerner says:

      Now that I’m in my 70s and getting accustomed to my mind skittering around dates and names like a Jesus bug on a pond, I have a slight sympathy for his WWI and WWII mixup.

      What I wondered was whether the flu actually helped end WWI, so I did some research. Nah, not really. The German army was weakened and diminished by the flu, but so were the Americans, French and British, so it’s basically a wash from what I can tell.

      One piece I read did say that because Americans were already used to wartime restrictions and rules, there maybe wasn’t as much pushback on masks, closures, and isolation as now. I think the fact that the “Spanish” flu came on very fast and was most deadly to younger people also helped folks take it seriously.

  13. Eleonor says:

    Yes of course and pigs can fly.

  14. Sayrah says:

    He also incorrectly used “their” for “there” the other day but deleted it. I like to think my tweet calling him out hurt his feelings.

  15. Hollah says:

    Cherry on top is that he made this idiotic statement the day after the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs that actually did end the WWII.

  16. Charfromdarock says:

    He is so stupid that he doesn’t realize how stupid he is.

    No wonder Putin picked him. 🤷‍♀️

    • Mel M says:

      He literally has the understanding of most things, but especially history, of a child. I remember not really understanding the difference between the two world wars when I was in elementary school. But I love history so I quickly taught myself by watching the history channel all the time, especially with my dad. He had never had to actually learn anything except for how to cheat on his wives and taxes so of course he doesn’t know anything about anything plus it has nothing to do with himself, his favorite subject.

  17. Busyann says:

    This bafoon is the reason history matters and they should never ever ever stop teaching it in schools. There was a push for that years ago. I hope I never hear people saying history doesnt need to be teached in school again. To prevent another fool from being elected, we can never forget this horrible presidency.

  18. Katherine says:

    Okay, but see, the way it ended, it was this big thing, big thing that lasted and was on people’s minds for decades, decades past, and then, in 1940s-1950s, whenever that was, people were just so fed up with the way things were and they remembered back to when there was this flu and it was like, things changed, things changed, it was big, it was something they, they just knew it had to end, and they sat down, and they talked, and this is how it ended. So in a way, you can say that it did end it, indirectly. And that’s what I said. I never said it was directly. Did I say it was directly? No, no, see, she shakes her head, I didn’t say that. Fake media always twist my words, I never said that. This is what happened, trust me, this is what happened and you will not make me say it didn’t.

  19. Leah says:

    In future, all candidates running for president should be required to take and pass a test on American history and government. From the colonial period and on forward. These suckers better know why we threw the British tea into Boston harbor, they better know why there’s 13 stripes on the flag, and why there is checks and balances in government.

    So tired of this clown and his twisted history (Bowling green riots, Andrew Jackson ended the civil war etc). He does this while his followers trash education as “democratic indoctrination” and “useless”.

  20. Dazed and Confused says:

    The treaty to end World War II after the 1917 Spanish Flu was actually signed at Yo-semite. Then all of the delegates went to Thighland.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yeah, that’s right, I remember when Stalin, Churchill, & FDR all went to Yosemite. They watched Old Faithful in the evenings.

  21. phaedra7 says:

    And all of this from: This. No. Account. Always. Deflecting. Very. Uneducated. By. Choice. SAT. Cheating. Racist. Misogynistic. Homophobic. Transphobic. Nonempathic. MFSA. Bastard. HE. NEEDS. TO. GTFO. THE. WH. AND. THE. USA! 🤬

  22. TeamMeg says:

    We just passed the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima (Aug 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9), so maybe WWII was on his mind? Ha! NOT A CHANCE. He’s just clueless.

    Speaking of, I am unaware of any current White House reference to these horrible A-bomb droppings, let alone a pledge of never again. I always thought those bombs were dropped to end the war, a necessary evil. But I recently learned President Truman (and his top war planners) had hard intel Japan was about to surrender. Germany already surrendered months before, in May, and now Russia was poised to attack Japan from the west. This spelled defeat for Japan, and everyone knew it. It was only a matter of days before Japan ran up the white flag. And still, we did it. One uranium bomb, one plutonium bomb. 200,000 innocent civilians dead. Beyond tragic.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yeah, the US had been carpet bombing Japanese towns for months prior to August; those bombs were unnecessary.

  23. mara says:

    Imagine my shock and surprise when I learned that my late Father served in WWII before he was even born. Who knew!

  24. laura-j says:

    The Flu Pandemic was 1918… He says 1917 every single time… for some reason that just annoys the F out of me. I mean at this point he could say anything and I’d be close to a rage stroke… One fact, I’m just looking for one correct fact to come out of his mouth.

  25. Lightpurple says:


  26. Cate says:

    His voice literally makes my body hurt and gives me an instant headache, I can’t do it anymore.

  27. jwoolman says:

    Remember, this is the guy who wants his image added to Mt. Rushmore.