President Donald Trump made a bizarre claim about the Great Lakes during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan Thursday night and, surprise, it was not true.
"I support the Great Lakes. Always have," Trump proclaimed. "They're beautiful. They're big. Very deep. Record deepness. Right?"
"And I'm going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative."
The president's most recent budget proposal slashes funding for the program by 90 percent.
President Trump: "I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They're beautiful. They're big. Very deep. Record deepnes… https://t.co/UaiAI7Sxd0— The Hill (@The Hill)1553823060.0
In fact, Trump was so wrong that Lake Superior had to step in and correct him.
"I hate to admit this, but... no, not record deepness. Not in the world or in the United States."
@atrupar I hate to admit this, but... no, not record deepness. Not in the world or in the United States.— Lake Superior (@Lake Superior)1553858276.0
With a surface area of 31,700 miles, Superior is the world's largest freshwater reserve - but not the deepest, bottoming out at 1,332 feet.
Not that it matters to Trump.
@LakeSuperior Would you say that you are one of the wettest we've ever seen, in terms of water?— Cian (@Cian)1553862823.0
@LakeSuperior @atrupar “Really big water” though— penni (@penni)1553862443.0
@LakeSuperior @atrupar Huge water.— Legalize Gateway Drugs 🦄〽️😬 (@Legalize Gateway Drugs 🦄〽️😬)1553870365.0
@LakeSuperior @atrupar Record wetness too— Maureen McLaughlin (@Maureen McLaughlin)1553869962.0
@LakeSuperior @atrupar You are such a Great Lake, Superior. Those Pictured Rocks!— Tamara H. Phalen (@Tamara H. Phalen)1553868454.0
@LakeSuperior @atrupar Deepness, Not depth. Superior deepness.— photography raptor (@photography raptor)1553871340.0
Trump's ability to botch facts is simply stunning.
He just makes stuff up.
@rmayemsinger Fucking " record deepness". What a moron.— Bikesndrums (@Bikesndrums)1553872026.0
And his supporters cheer, unconcerned about the truth.
@LakeSuperior @atrupar All he had to do is google it before saying it. But what does this say for his speech writer… https://t.co/jEzZb0PpUN— jolly holly (@jolly holly)1553867557.0
@LakeSuperior @atrupar Stable Genius “supports” only the US side of the GL’s. Will build a wall through the centre… https://t.co/u0YywTzcWZ— Christine Tripp (@Christine Tripp)1553866879.0
@LakeSuperior @atrupar Trump: Frequently wrong, never in doubt @realDonaldTrump— Kae Bell: author, consultant, cat rescuer (@Kae Bell: author, consultant, cat rescuer)1553862298.0
@DemWrite He is really so proud of his speeches isn't he. As he talks he just knows his followers are going to lap… https://t.co/sMNZH11ib1— Time to stop being nice, Make change (@Time to stop being nice, Make change)1553827079.0
@DemWrite @djrothkopf If there’s one thing Trump knows absolutely nothing about, it’s depth.— Holly (@Holly)1553860414.0
@DemWrite @AmicaAli Almost thought I was watching Jaques Fucking Cousteau with all of that knowledge about the deep, the deepness. Genius...— View From The Desert (@View From The Desert)1553831219.0
Oregon's Crater Lake - with a depth of 1,949 feet - is the deepest in the United States.
Earth's deepest lake is Lake Baikal, reaching down 5,387 feet. It is located in Russia.