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Retired admiral cuts Trump’s 4th of July speech down to size: All the depth of an ‘8th grade history’ lesson

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The “rudimentary” and “basic” speech from President Donald Trump didn’t get high marks from the CNN audience. The political panel celebrated that Trump didn’t mess up and he didn’t meander into a disastrous political rant. The expectations were extremely low and he managed to barely step over the low bar, the commentators noted.

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But it was retired Rear Admiral John Kirby who said that the speech was like an “8th-grade history lesson.”

Kirby said that he was hopeful it wasn’t going to be overly militaristic, but it certainly was.

“Other politicians before Trump have, you know, liked to sort of dine off the imagery of the military,” said CNN’s Ryan Lizza. “In our country right now, most institutions are suffering from low popularity, the media, politicians. The military is one of the institutions that remains popular. Trump, who has never served, is like a lot of politicians who have never served and like the sort of glow of this popular institution.”

Lizza said that as someone who doesn’t understand the history of the military he’s blowing past the boundaries that most military members maintain.

Watch his full take below:

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Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.

"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."

"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."

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Trump has never even read a ‘children’s book’ about Abraham Lincoln: presidential historian

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A top presidential historian on Tuesday revealed that President Donald Trump personally admitted to him that he had never read a book about President Abraham Lincoln -- not even a children's book like the ones read in public schools.

Appearing on CNN, Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley argued that Trump is the most historically illiterate president he's ever encountered, and he said his knowledge of past presidents and historical events boils down to reciting factoids about them that may or may not be accurate.

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CNN roasts Trump for mangling every fact about the 1918 flu pandemic

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CNN's John Berman on Tuesday roasted President Donald Trump for mangling every single historical fact about the 1918 flu pandemic.

"Overnight, history teachers across America suffered an incredible scare," Berman said. "It came as the president was trying to compare the coronavirus pandemic to the worst flu pandemic of the last century."

He then played a clip from the president's Monday evening news conference.

"The closest thing is in 1917, they say, right?" the president said on Monday. "The great pandemic. It certainly was a terrible thing, where they lost anywhere from 50 to 100 million people. Probably ended the Second World War -- all the soldiers were sick!"

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