“Yup. Communism and Japan. And many other things, as well.”
Ainsley Earhardt shared her national pride on Thursday morning’s “Fox & Friends by raving about America’s victory over “communist Japan.”
Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent remark that America “was never that great,” Earhardt indignantly chronicled the country’s great history of great deeds.
Ainsley Earhardt proudly remembers the time that the United States “defeated communist Japan,” proving we are truly a Great country. pic.twitter.com/xFMHWtuQ8v
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 16, 2018
But here’s the snag: In her rave review of America’s thwarted enemies, Earhard listed “communist Japan.”
She probably meant the imperial, industrial, and hyper-nationalistic Japan, against which the US fought in World War II.
It’s also possible, through significantly less likely, that she’s referring to imperial, non-industrial, but still hyper-nationalistic, which had been subdued by Commodore Matthew C. Perry in the mid-18th century, prompting the Mejii Restoration and the Westernization of Japan.
But no matter how you look at it, Japan has never been communist.
Co-host Steve Doocy seemed to have noticed the mistake and tried to cover up for Earhardt. “Yup. Communism and Japan,” he said. “And many other things as well.”
Move along. Nothing to see here.
But then again, maybe misreading of history and a misrepresentation of other cultures is simply part of what makes America so great?
Here’s the play-by-play:
The error: “You know, we defeated communist Japan, radical Islamists,” the host said.
The sacrifice: “We ask our men and our women to go overseas to fight for our country and sacrifice so much for this great country so that we can be the land of the free, the land of the brave,” Earhardt continued.
The generosity: “We are the most generous country in all of the world. Yes, we have our faults, but because of this country, the world is definetly a better place. We are great.”
Doocy, trying to clean up the mess: “Yup. Communism, and Japan, and so many other things as well.”