FACT CHECK: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Doesn't Know the Star-Spangled Banner
What do you need to know to run for president? Not a whole lot.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is the butt of a lot of jokes. But ignorance is fairly commonplace.
Take an opening line from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's speech at her kickoff rally in New York.
While flippantly pushing back strands of her coifed hair, Senator Gillibrand informed the crowd that the Constitution was always meant to “grow” and “adapt” in the tone of a teenage girl giving a class report.
“Even the Star-Spangled Banner ends in a question,” she insisted.
As I noted in my article, it ends in an assertion.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace may the heaven rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Most people admittedly don't know that today. Though a hundred years ago every student would have known it.
(The ACLU and your average prog would really hate those lines too.)
Still someone who wants to be president should be at least somewhat knowledgeable about American history. And the vetting process between the speechwriter and her campaign should have caught it. No one did. No one in the media objected to it either. That's the same media which feels the need to fact check (often wrongly) every one of Trump's sneezes followed by the headline, "Trump Sneezed Falsely 1,981 Times."
Did no one notice or did no one know? Depressingly, I suspect it's the latter.
We are in the age of illiterate lefties who know everything they are outraged about, but nothing else.