US President Donald Trump was one of the first persons to congratulate the Kansas City Chiefs following their 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. The US leader took to Twitter to express his joy for the newly crowned NFL champions and the ‘Great State of Kansas’.
The only problem: the Chiefs are, and have always been, based in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game, and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure. You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU!” Trump wrote.
Trump quickly hit a remedy button on his mistake, deleting the tweet and re-posting it moments later with the correct state, although he wasn’t faster than thousand of people who noticed it before it was taken down.
Former Missouri senator Claire McCaskill was among those who took note, screenshotting Trump’s tweet and adding: “It’s Missouri you stone cold idiot.”
Although there are parts of Kansas City metropolitan area that do cross the state line into Kansas, it is Missouri’s largest city and widely associated with the Show-Me State, not least because it’s where the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium is located.
this tweet is shocking. I can’t believe Trump knew Kansas was located in the USA pic.twitter.com/WHc4pct73E
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) February 3, 2020
A Twitter user also likened his mistake to Mike Pompeo’s attempts to embarrass a news reporter over whether she knew where Ukraine was on a map. Pompeo is from Kansas.
President Trump has become infamous for making very glaring mistakes on social media with a lot of them recounted.
In 2019, in what was dubbed Sharpiegate, the president used a weather map to show the path of hurricane Dorian which was falsely extended using a sharpie marker to include Alabama.
Furthermore, in June last year, the US leader misled the entire world with his tweet to Nasa advising them to focus on “Mars ‘of which the moon is a part’ Defence and Science!”
Following a research that was conducted by Factba.se, Donald Trump has made a total of 188 spelling mistakes since he became the president of the United States of America, which is approximately one spelling mistake every five days.
We could also say that Trump’s most viral tweet was the “covfefe” fumble that made global news when he tweeted his criticism against the press in 2017, a mistake that was formally featured on Wikipedia.
Trump’s presence was felt throughout Sunday’s blanket TV coverage of the NFL’s championship game. He spent an estimated $11.2m on two half-minute advertisements which aired during the telecast, which followed a pre-game interview with Fox News pundit Sean Hannity during which he took aim at Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, accusing the former New York City mayor, who is 5ft 8in, of making a special request for a box to stand on if he qualifies for future presidential debates. (Bloomberg’s campaign denied that and called Trump a “liar”.)
“Why he should he get a box to stand on?” Trump asked. “Why should he be entitled to that, really? Then does that mean everyone else gets a box?”
The president hosted his annual Super Bowl watch party at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, before returning to Washington late Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s state of the union address.