President Donald Trump misquoted the oft-used Pearl Harbor speech from former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when attempting to honor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Thursday morning.

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Donald and Melania both screw up tweets honoring Pearl Harbor

'A date which will live in infamy' is the actual quote.

 

Andrew Wyrich

Internet Culture

Published Dec 7, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 8:44 am CDT

President Donald Trump misquoted the oft-used Pearl Harbor speech from former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when honoring Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Thursday morning.

“National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – ‘A day that will live in infamy!’ December 7, 1941” Trump wrote on Thursday morning.

President Donald Trump misquoted the oft-used Pearl Harbor speech from former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt when attempting to honor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Thursday morning.

The actual quote, which Roosevelt gave during a speech on Dec. 8, 1941, is a “date which will live in infamy.”

Here’s the actual speech:

The quote is well known and is repeatedly shared each year on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks. During the speech, Roosevelt asked for a declaration of war, thrusting the country into World War II.

Obviously, Trump’s misquote of Roosevelt’s famous speech was quickly mocked. An hour later he tweeted out a video honoring Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day but did not delete the botched tweet. 

https://twitter.com/dave_taft/status/938796126341394432

Trump truly isn’t alone though. His wife, Melania, also messed up her Pearl Harbor tribute.

Pearl Harbor happened in December, the 12th month of the year.

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*First Published: Dec 7, 2017, 10:40 am CST