After the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, President Trump tweeted his congratulations, but said, “You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well.” Of course the Kansas City Chiefs play in Missouri, and within 12 minutes, that tweet had been deleted and a corrected version posted.
It was a big enough slip-up to make the news, but CNN’s Chris Cillizza analyzed why it “absolutely matters.”
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) February 3, 2020
But presidents — and presidential candidates — occasionally make these mistakes. Everyone remembers that in May 2008 then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama said this: “It is wonderful to be back in Oregon. Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states.”
So, it happens. But here’s why Trump doesn’t get a pass. Because he and his administration have made a HUGE point of picking out the slip-ups of past politicians and questioning people over their supposed lack of knowledge of geography.
In 2018, Trump actually tweeted about the “57 states” flub. “When President Obama said that he has been to ’57 States,’ very little mention in Fake News Media,’ wrote Trump. “Can you imagine if I said that…story of the year!”
Cillizza’s point seems to be that the shoe has been on the other foot. But didn’t Don Lemon, Wajahat Ali, and Rick Wilson recently have a giggle-fest on CNN over the Trump-supporting rubes who don’t trust the elite with their reading and geography and stuff?
In any case, the shoe’s been on CNN’s foot a lot.
Or not. pic.twitter.com/JTPmUxkKSq
— ?? (@Deeannette44) February 3, 2020
— Victor Tango Kilo (@GenghisKhet) February 3, 2020
Is that a CNN logo I see on this wonderful gem? pic.twitter.com/ol6Az5Lo4E
— ??Night "Jerry…JERRY!" Wood✞⚭⚓ (@Shteina_Gott) February 3, 2020
What about this? pic.twitter.com/KOZ0yIGcZK
— Garrick, the Ard-Rí na hÉireann (Probationary) (@Boydesian) February 3, 2020
Set him straight, CNN boy! pic.twitter.com/kIB648a36D
— Coalcracker (@CrackingCoal) February 3, 2020
Does anyone got that picture of when CNN called Alabama Mississippi?
— Vareck the Smiling Demon Jew (@VareckDemon) February 3, 2020
Yeah, here it is:
This is your network, right? pic.twitter.com/ZP0Q8tNHAp
— ??Night "Jerry…JERRY!" Wood✞⚭⚓ (@Shteina_Gott) February 3, 2020
I have made that mistake. Millions have made that mistake. How you are reacting about it is showing your vision impairment.
— #justagirl (@she_brews11) February 3, 2020
Maybe to you, most of us thinks it petty and ridiculous!!
— 20??Laura??20 (@flasunshine929) February 3, 2020
No, it really doesn’t Chris. Let’s focus on bigger issues. This was an error and was fixed within 11 minutes. Move on. ❤️??
— Sarah ❤️????♀️ (@SPolymathe) February 3, 2020
Looks like an honest mistake if you look at “those lines on the map” you with all your math and readin’
Resident of Boomer Rubeville
— LiterallyYourMom???? (@KristinBoymom) February 3, 2020
Why Donald Trump's 'Kansas' mistake absolutely matters to reporters who also didn't know the Chiefs were in Missouri until last night.
— Regs (@r3gulations) February 3, 2020
Chris, this is dumb, even for you.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 3, 2020
— vizz504 (@vizz504) February 3, 2020
Oh c'mon Chris, it's easy to confuse 2 states with the other 55 states.
— Cynical Publius (@CynicalPublius) February 3, 2020
Cillizza posts a map with a state line through the city lol
— Legal Immigrant – Mittens is a creep (@1776Legal) February 3, 2020
Dear people not from Missouri. Kansas City and St. Louis exist in both Missouri and neighbor states. They’re treated separately but do exist. There is a Kansas City, Kansas and they cheer for the Chiefs as their home team. Don’t make mountains out of common mistake molehills.
— Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) February 3, 2020
Well played Chris. Fredo has some serious competition now. Nice.
— Fluffy iPhone Dad (@MackDaddy1002) February 3, 2020
Why @CillizzaCNN doesn't matter…
— Rank Badjin (@badjin_rank) February 3, 2020
When these are the kinds of "wins" that the left need to celebrate, they are fully aware that Trump is kicking their ass badly.
— Jim Peeps (@Jimpeeps12) February 3, 2020
He deleted the old tweet and created a new one where he only mentions Missouri. The Kansas City chiefs represent both the Kansas Side and the Missouri side of the city. I think we need an investigation by the house into the matter.
— Exel (@Seantzizl) February 3, 2020
This is the type of hot take you get when you think everyone is on Twitter, watches CNN or lives in the Acela corridor.
— J.J. by the Bay (@flagg_colonel) February 3, 2020
Y'all are so desperate.
— ✝️ Shane's Hat ✝️ (@oklumberman) February 3, 2020
Is anyone shocked that Cillizza is crying again? Really?
— James D (@jamesc89th) February 3, 2020
I am more concerned about Joe claiming Burisma hired Hunter "because he's a very bright guy".
— InMyHumbleOpinion (@IMHO1969) February 3, 2020
Chris no it doesn’t. Thanks, A KC resident.
— Jill (@BellaLolaGirl) February 3, 2020
It literally does not.
— Not Sure (@patrusselljr) February 3, 2020
Spoiler: It doesn’t.
— Freedom Recon (@FreedomRecon) February 3, 2020
I know why you want it to matter, but no it doesn't.
— Athena (@1trueathena) February 3, 2020
Yea I think its impeachable too???
— matt (@dadank1) February 3, 2020
We should definitely draw up impeachment articles on this! For god sake… This is inexcusable. A crime against humanity & our constitution!
— Questionabletrends (@QTrendsdotcom) February 3, 2020
— MTLass (@mt_lass) February 3, 2020
This is exactly how libs lose the narrative. Trump made a mistake. We all played it up for laughs. And then a few of you just can't resist the temptation to take it way too seriously. Then you end up looking like the fool instead of Trump.
— Magnifico 0.1K ? (@MagnificoIX) February 3, 2020
Petty and lazy.
So, same. ?♀️
— D. K. USA?? (@DeniseK_USA) February 3, 2020
"Because I want it to" is not a good reason.
— Fuzzy Chimp (@fuzzychimpcom) February 3, 2020
Spoiler: It doesn't matter.
— JDubF (@JDubF4) February 3, 2020
Only to you, my desperate friend. Only to you.
— Tiffanie (@TiffanieTx1) February 3, 2020
You got him this time.
— Bree’s Grampy (@vinnyc3) February 3, 2020
Nobody gives a crap Chris.
— Tracy Noetzelman (@TracyNoetzelman) February 3, 2020
Why it doesn’t matter: Trump will easily win both Missouri and Kansas. Can’t be outraged about everything.
— Elliot Schechter (@ElliotSchechter) February 3, 2020
I got my degree in journalism.
Then I learned to code.
It’s a good living. You might want to try it.
— Püdge ?? (@pudgenet) February 3, 2020
FLASHBACK– Rick Wilson on CNN mocking Trump over finding Ukraine on a map did so on the network showing functional issues with geography https://t.co/z2fiBtx9BD
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 28, 2020