At the White House on Monday morning, President Donald Trump formally delivered remarks about the deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. On Saturday, a gunman killed at least 20 people and left 26 more injured at an El Paso Walmart near the United States-Mexico border. Early the following morning, a 24-year-old suspect opened fire at a popular nightlife district in downtown Dayton that left nine people dead, including the gunman’s sister, and at least 27 more injured.
However, in what should have been a pretty straightforward address to the American people, Trump still somehow managed to step in it by naming the wrong city in Ohio. Oh, and on top of everything else, the sniffing was back.
“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, and may God protect them,” Trump sniffed. “May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio, may God bless the victims and their families, may God bless America.”
Trump, struggling with a bad case of what appears to be dry mouth, falsely claimed the Ohio mass shooting took place in Toledo. (It happened in Dayton.) pic.twitter.com/dzOcsIV5ox
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2019
Now, Trump was clearly reading off of a teleprompter so the root of the blame likely rests with one of his staff members. Having said that, wouldn’t an internal failsafe kick in when he noticed that it was the wrong city?
In other words, it didn’t take long before people began expressing their outrage on Twitter.
– instead of saying Dayton, he said Toledo
– can't stop sniffing
If we can't impeach the president, can we at least drug test him? pic.twitter.com/smnneGjjNt
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) August 5, 2019
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) August 5, 2019
Trump starts his statement by saying we'll never forget the victims in El Paso and Dayton, and ends five minutes later talking about Toledo.
He already forgot. In five minutes.
— Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy) August 5, 2019
The Trump White House is so incompetent and insensitive that they couldn’t even get the name of the city right.
The mass shooting took place in Dayton, Ohio — not Toledo. pic.twitter.com/NF4xIveo7C
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 5, 2019
I seriously had to Google to see if something happened in Toledo while I was sleeping, but no. Our president just cares too little about Ohio to get the name of the city right.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 5, 2019
I wasn't watching for a few minutes and was wondering why Toledo was trending. Sounds about right.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 5, 2019
It was Dayton, not Toledo, Trump.
Also it’s white supremacy, misogyny & access to guns, not video games.
It’s white supremacy, misogyny & access to guns, not mental illness.
It’s white supremacy, misogyny & access to guns, not lone wolves.
— Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) August 5, 2019
Ohio seems to think of itself as Trump country, but its residents should realize that when terrorism hit Dayton, one of the biggest cities in the state, Trump was having a grand old time at his golf club and then mistankenly called it Toledo. Wake up, Ohio. He. Does. Not. Care.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 5, 2019
Hey if you’re in Dayton, just a swift reminder that the president of the United States was golfing when your city had a mass shooting and just referred to the city you live in as Toledo. Just tuck that in your pocket for when it comes time to vote again.
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) August 5, 2019
Others responded with jokes and memes at the president’s latest screw-up:
— Florence J. Tipton, Author (@FlorenceJBeauc) August 5, 2019
Holy Toledo Donald Trump is a Dumbfuck.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 5, 2019
Holy Toledo Batman, I think the Joker has list his mind pic.twitter.com/JhxOaWz1bJ
— Noomoid (@Noomoid) August 5, 2019
has trump blamed the press for him saying toledo yet
— darth™ (@darth) August 5, 2019
Although Trump has yet to respond to his own latest gaffe … let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time.