In a rare move, President Donald Trump addressed White supremacy, White nationalism and racism in the United States, condemning it in an address before the White House press corps for broadcast to the nation.
However the President also said:
“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. May God bless America.”
The domestic terrorist attacks occurred in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Toledo is about 100 miles from Dayton.
Watch his gaffe here.
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
Democratic Representative Tim Ryan from Ohio’s 13th congressional district—who is also running for President—shared his thoughts on the mistake by the President over the tragedy in his home state on Twitter.
The Ohio Congressman was succinct.
Toledo. Fck me.
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) August 5, 2019
Mayor of Dayton, Nan Whaley, told reporters:
“I’ve heard that [President Trump’s] coming Wednesday but I have not gotten a call. And you know he might be going to Toledo, I don’t know.”
Mayor of Dayton Nan Whaley: “I’ve heard that [President Trump’s] coming Wednesday but I have not gotten a call. And you know he might be going to Toledo, I don’t know.” pic.twitter.com/CYnyF6hA31
— The Hill (@thehill) August 5, 2019
Representative Ryan and Mayor Whaley were not alone in their contempt for the presidential faux pas.
Trump couldn’t even get the location of a mass shooting correct in an address to the nation. He said “may God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo.” It happened in Dayton. I’m from Cleveland and am used to people thinking I’m from Cincinnati. But for goodness’ sakes.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 5, 2019
Holy Toledo! Trump just asked God to “bless the memory of those that perished in Toledo.” #DaytonOhioShooting
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) August 5, 2019
Trump says those lost in Toledo will not have died in vain but it was actually Dayton
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 5, 2019
The reason the “Toledo” thing matters to me is because any man who’d actually given any thought to a recent mass casualty event would’ve seen “Toledo” on the teleprompter and realized immediately it was an error and said “Dayton” instead. Trump didn’t know because he didn’t care. https://t.co/d2MwWfHtCi
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 5, 2019
Donald Trump cares so little about mass shootings that he says it happened in the wrong city (“Toledo”).
What’s worse, he seemingly read it off the teleprompter, meaning the entire White House didn’t care enough to get it right, either.pic.twitter.com/OKLVs6nj5V
— VoteVets (@votevets) August 5, 2019
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 5, 2019
You can watch President Trump’s full remarks here.
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