(Lakehurst, NJ — May 6, 2017) – Ceremonies today marked the 80th anniversary of the destruction of the German dirigible Hindenburg.
And, like everything else in 2017, the anniversary took on political overtones, making it a hot time for many.
On May 6, 1937, the 804-foot-long Hindenburg, owned and operated by Nazi Germany and en route from Germany, approached the mooring mast at New Jersey’s Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Shortly after the ground crew grabbed a pair of landing lines, she burst into flames and was destroyed in 34 seconds. Of the 97 people on board, 62 survived.
No definitive cause has ever been found regarding what caused the spark leading to the fire that led to the disaster. Sabotage, lightning, and static electricity are some of the theories bandied about for 80 years.
Donald Trump (R-NY), never one to shut the hell up, weighed in on the somber anniversary:
“Chancellor Squirrelhead is always good for a laugh – and a source of misinformation,” said a historian, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He seems to relish heaping praise upon dictators, strongmen, and mass-murderers. In this case, you can add his latest Hitler comment to his litany of anti-Semitic actions and statements. It seems just like yesterday that his Press Secretary of the Week Sean Spicer used the term ‘Holocaust Centers’ to refer to concentration camps.
“Chancellor Squirrelhead also seems to relish making shit up. He recently had Andrew Jackson (D-R-TN) fretting over the Civil War, which started 16 years after he died. Now he has Thomas Jefferson (D-R-VA) weighing in on a disaster that took place 111 years after he died. I can’t wait to see where his ignorance and stupidity take us next!”
Appropriately, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) addressed an audience of Hindenburg survivors, marking the somber occasion.
“The only survivor is Werner Doehner, and he’s 88,” said a historian, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I think Christie Creme purposely addressed an audience of one so he could get his hands on some extra food. Dead people, like The Skeletal Kellyanne Conway and Ann Coulter, don’t eat much.”
“Many people make Hindenburg-Christie comparisons today,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Not because of his weight. Not because they’re calling him a Nazi. Not because they want to see him die in a fiery crash. No, they make the comparison because he’s full of hot air and they’d like to see him struck by lightning. Now that’s something they’d get a charge out of.”