Politicians rarely let the truth stand in the way of a good story, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is no different.
According to The New York Times, his golf property along the Potomac River in Sterling, Va., features a rather blatant attempt to stretch the facts.
A plaque at Trump National Golf Club near the Potomac identifies the river as, “The River of Blood” and offers the following explanation for the haunting name:
“Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!”
But Richard Gillespie, the executive director of a local historical society near the site, told the Times that “nothing like that ever happened here.”
The club is not far from Rowser’s Ford, where thousands of Confederate troops crossed the Potomac en route to the Battle of Gettysburg.
“That was a prime site for river crossings,” Trump told the Times. “So, if people are crossing the river, and you happen to be in a civil war, I would say that people were shot — a lot of them.”
According to historians, however, that crossing produced no casualties.