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 deepness, right? And I'm going to get… full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiatives." https://t.co/XmJB00MEjl pic.twitter.com/IQiJBfILMa
— The Hill (@thehill) March 29, 2019
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.”
I hate to admit this, but… no, not record deepness. Not in the world or in the United States.
— Lake Superior (@LakeSuperior) March 29, 2019
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.
Would you say that you are one of the wettest we've ever seen, in terms of water?
— Cian (@nscrutables) March 29, 2019
“Really big water” though
— penni on the move (@Pennijj) March 29, 2019
Record wetness too
— Maureen McLaughlin (@vtmaureenl) March 29, 2019
You are such a Great Lake, Superior. Those Pictured Rocks!
— Tamara H. Phalen (@tamaraphalen) March 29, 2019
Deepness, Not depth. Superior deepness.
— photography raptor (@herfortphoto) March 29, 2019
Trump’s ability to botch facts is simply stunning.