President Donald Trump on Monday incorrectly suggested a mass shooting that occurred in Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend was in the city of Toledo.
“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, may God protect them. May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio. May God bless the victims and their families,” Trump said from the White House as he delivered remarks on mass shootings that occurred in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.
Context: Toledo, which President Trump just mentioned in his speech, is a 150 miles from Dayton, where the shooting actually happened.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 5, 2019
The president’s slip came at the end of a 10-minute speech in which he decried the “barbaric slaughters” in Dayton and El Paso, Texas, that occurred within hours of each other over the weekend.
A gunman killed 20 people and wounded dozens more in an attack at a Walmart in El Paso on Saturday. He allegedly shared a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto mintutes before the attack, which described fears of a Latino “invasion.”
Hours later, a gunman with a history of making violent threats killed nine people and injured dozens more in a popular nightlife district of Dayton early on Sunday.
Toledo. Dayton. Whatever. pic.twitter.com/ymHq6YgT0l
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) August 5, 2019
Trump’s slip-up was quickly condemned online, with some pointing out that he was partying at his golf resort this weekend while the attacks unfolded.
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
Trump, sniffling like he did on the debate stage in 2016, mistakes the city in Ohio where 9 Americans were massacred, saying Toledo instead of Dayton. https://t.co/5SMYcBWMqb
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) August 5, 2019
Is it too much to ask that we have a President who can get the name of the city that just suffered a massacre right? It’s not Toledo. It’s Dayton. This guy is a fucking embarrassment.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 5, 2019