I’m not sure I thought I’d ever say these words, but Golf Digest just blew this story WIDE OPEN...
America has a lot of phrases to describe Donald Trump, but certainly “history buff” is NOT one of those phrases. Indeed, Trump has raised a lot of eyebrows with his seemingly stark ignorance of historical events [and facts, but we won’t go there right now…].
Most recently, Trump was offering up a ridiculous theory that Andrew Jackson – yes, the racist, murderous Andrew Jackson – could have prevented the Civil War. But we digress…
Golf Digest took some of Trump’s revisionist tendencies to task when they covered a story that the New York Times broke earlier this week. And that story is about a plaque that was placed in between the 14th and 15th holes at Trump’s Northern Virginia Trump National Golf Club.
The plaque supposedly marks the exact location of a bloody Civil-War battle. It 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!”
There’s just one yuge problem with that plaque – it commemorates a battle that never happened.
The New York Times did their homework, and have come up with absolutely zero evidence that supports the idea that there was ever a battle at that location.
From the Times:
“No. Uh-uh. No way. Nothing like that ever happened there,” Richard Gillespie, the executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, told the Times.
Gillespie went on to say the closest thing to what Trump was describing was a battle 11 miles up the river in 1861. “The River of Blood?” he said. “Nope, not there.”
Trump questioned how historians could dispute the battle. “How would they know,” he told the Times. “Were they there?”