President Donald Trump gave a bizarre Q&A session at the White House Wednesday, in which he attacked the Kurdish people in northern Syria for not doing enough to help anyone else.
He then went on to attack the Kurds for not being helpful during World War II, missing the history that at least 700,000 Kurds were forcibly displaced by the end of WWI. The United Kingdom helped the Kurds declare independence in 1927. Kurdish revolts were springing up throughout Turkey in the 1920s and 1930s, but to Trump, they should have been using that time to help.
The Kurds, foot soldiers against ISIS, "didn't help us with Normandy." The remaining liddle' burnt crisp of Mark… https://t.co/itVUjKRqGA— Jeffrey We Voted Out That Gameshow Clown Wright (@Jeffrey We Voted Out That Gameshow Clown Wright)1570655760.0
The comment seems to have come from a Townhall piece by Kurt Schlichter. He calls the PKK a bunch of "commie terrorists" who aren't friends to the U.S. The Kurds are responsible for the majority of the fighting on the ground with Syria.
Ironically, Schlichter has since changed his position.
Incidentally, Kurt Schlichter was all in favor of backing the Kurds until Trump decided to give them up to Erdogan.… https://t.co/PYzsWUJiKv— Will Sommer (@Will Sommer)1570655663.0
Trump went on to claim that alliances, like the one the U.S. made with the Kurds, are "easy."
Trump when asked whether abandoning the Kurds could impact US ability to form alliances in the future: "Alliances are very easy."— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1570653146.0
It prompted the internet to unleash on his nonsense and mock his lack of historic perspective.
Read the tweets below:
"The Kurds didn't help us at Normandy"????- Trump WHAT THE HELL IS HE TALKING ABOUT??? ENOUGH!!!!!— Cynthia Coy (@Cynthia Coy)1570654952.0
@seanhannity Trump just allowed ISIS to Regenerate. The Kurds done 95% of fighting ISIS. Trump just through in with… https://t.co/mNNlOshhYy— Steve W (@Steve W)1570654952.0
.@realDonaldTrump now says it is OK to let Erdogan massacre Kurds because "they didn't help us [in World War II]."— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1570653300.0
@ddale8 No one in the Trump family helped America in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afgha… https://t.co/q1yjBTl1W8— mollyswordmcdonough 🌊 (@mollyswordmcdonough 🌊)1570654565.0
Kurds didn’t help us in World War II? What the fuck is trump talking about? 25th Amendment FUCKING NOW— Michael Morey😷Wear the Damn Mask (@Michael Morey😷Wear the Damn Mask)1570654805.0
@kurteichenwald You know who also didn’t help America in World War II and at Normandy? Any member of the Trump family.— Spin Doctor (@Spin Doctor)1570655199.0
if Trump's new foreign policy doctrine is based on who did and did not help us in World War II, he might want to re… https://t.co/wbbDlP7JJx— Jay Riestenberg (@Jay Riestenberg)1570654996.0
The Kurds were also notably absent during the American Revolution— Laura Bassett (@Laura Bassett)1570653886.0
'it's not like the kurds helped us win ww2 so screw em. Also, the people who DID help us win ww2? Yeah I'm gonna… https://t.co/Hi8PX2KUfo— Zeddy (@Zeddy)1570655684.0
It's true not one Democratic politician would've left the Kurds—our allies—to be slaughtered in the Turkish invasio… https://t.co/qLmTwqd9yw— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1570655704.0