Rick Perry’s Revolutionary fail


Texas Governor Rick Perry admitted debates aren’t his “strong suit.” Let’s say he’s no Revolutionary War buff either.

The presidential candidate headed over to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at Dartmouth after last night’s GOP debate for a press conference. (Keg stand!!!) When discussing the founding fathers — because that’s what you do at a frat party, duh — he told a mix of reporters and students the Revolutionary War occurred in the 16th century. You know, just 200 years before the colonists fought for independence from England.

“Our Founding Fathers never meant for Washington, D.C. to be the fount of all wisdom. As a matter of fact they were very much afraid of that because they’d just had this experience with this far-away government that had centralized thought process and planning and what have you, and then it was actually the reason that we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown if you will.”

You can see the eye-rolls and squirming around the room after his mix-up.

This gaffe blew up Twitter, with users tagging #PerryHistory to their tweets. And they were not kind to the Texan.

He’s not the only Republican to gloss over the historical record this past year. Fellow candidate Michele Bachmann mixed up her states, touting New Hampshire as the location of the “shot that was heard round the world.” Sarah Palin fumbled her account of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, saying he was warning the British and he, like, rang some bells and yelled some stuff about not taking guns away.

Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin

Rick Perry's Revolutionary fail