Sarah Palin continued to butcher history on Fox News Sunday.
“You realize that you messed up about Paul Revere, don’t you?” “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace asked the potential 2012 presidential candidate.
“I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere,” replied Palin, a paid contributor to the network.
“Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have,” she added. “He did warn the British.”
First of all, everyone in the colonies were British in 1775. Americans were British citizens. Doy.
Secondly, the ride was clandestine. He didn’t really shout, “The British are coming!” (Again, everyone was British.) But maybe she meant British troops, but Revere didn’t try to warn British troops about anything, either. He was trying to avoid British soldiers. Why? It would be ridiculous to ride up to soldiers to warn them about something (guns, bells?) while also attempting to disseminate crucial information to patriots about the movements of British troops.
Third, Sarah Palin isn’t embarrassed by any of this and she really ought to be.
Adding… There’s a war on Wikipedia about this. Oy.