Donald Trump’s Northern Virginia Trump National Golf Club features a plaque that pays tribute to a Civil War battle with a catch.
The Plaque reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!”.
Here’s the kicker, the New York Times reports that this whole battle was complete fiction, or at least nowhere near the river that Trump alledges turned red in 1861. “No. Uh-uh. No way. Nothing like that ever happened there,” said Richard Gillespie, the executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association.
Trump, the methodical academic that he is, defended the plaque in an interview with the Times, “How would they know that?,” “Were they there?” The interview equivalent of putting your fingers in your ears and sticking out your tongue.
He did eventually defend his plaque with a smidge more intellectual rigour, “That was a prime site for river crossings,” Mr. Trump 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.”
Right, so the plaque was built on an assumption that something possibly went down 150 years ago. This page often gets heat for being a ‘liberal page in disguise’, a comment that always surprises me – how are we in disguise?
But anyway, it doesn’t matter who you are, the pinheaded entitlement of the man is beyond reason. Even if the battle had taken place, Trump immediately removed all poignancy by slapping his corporate crest all over it.