They didn’t help us with Normandy as an example

Trump says it’s cool that he abandoned the Kurds to their fate because hey where were they on D-Day? Did they help save Private Ryan? Were they there next to John Wayne and Arnold Schwarzenegger? I don’t think so.

The US president told reporters that the Kurds “didn’t help us in the second world war, they didn’t help us with Normandy as an example – they mention the names of different battles, they weren’t there”, in a staggering comment following the signing of executive orders on the federal regulation at the White House on Wednesday.

“We have spent a tremendous amount of money helping the Kurds,” the president said. “They’re fighting for their land. When you say they’re fighting with the US, yes. But they’re fighting for their land.”

Kurdish forces fought alongside the US against the Islamic State for nearly five years, losing roughly 11,000 fighters.

Trump said he learned that the Kurds didn’t help in Normandy from a “very, very powerful article”, apparently referencing a column by conservative opinion writer Kurt Schlichter.

Which somebody read to him.

Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer tweets:

Trump appears to have gotten his “Kurds didn’t help us at Normandy” line from a Kurt Schlichter column.


It’s kind of as if the US is being run by people who get their intelligence briefings from tabloids they pick up at 7-Eleven along with a six pack and a bag of pork rinds.

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