WASHINGTON, D.C. — In less than a week’s time, the Donald Trump administration has experienced two separate incidents that many would say show an uncanny lack of historical knowledge, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is not among them.
“Despite the fact that Canada did not exist in 1812,” Sec. DeVos said as she spoke to a convention of homeschoolers in the nation’s capital this morning. “We can say without a doubt President Trump’s grasp of that and every other period in history, is stunningly flawless.”
This week it was reported that a May 31st call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau afforded President Trump the opportunity to discuss and negotiate the steel and aluminum tariffs his administration has slapped on those products coming out of Canada. Reportedly, the call turned sour. In a potentially embarrassing detail, Trump apparently accused the Canadian government of burning down the White House during the War of 1812, however Canada was not even an officially sovereign nation at the time.
Just a few days after Trump’s call with Trudeau, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, speaking about the bonds between Germany and the U.S., referenced D-Day. Unfortunately for Nauert, D-Day took place on June 6th, 1944 and was when allied forces stormed French beaches to start the process of liberating that country from the clutches of Germany, which was under Nazi control at the time. None of that seemed to matter to Sec. DeVos one iota, however.
“I think the president and Ms. Nauert displayed an extremely appropriate level of historical knowledge and expertise,” DeVos said. “Of course, you know my philosophy when it comes to history — if it ain’t in the Bible, it don’t need to be learned to our students, and I think we all can agree that’s the goodest policy you can has.”