WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- President Donald Trump’s congratulatory tweet to the Super Bowl winners again displays his knowledge of geography.
- Critics slam Trump with hashtags #KansasCityKansas and #TrumpIsAnIdiot on social media after he mistakenly congratulates the state of Kansas for the Super Bowl win.
- Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City Chiefs are from Kansas City in Missouri.
The predicament in knowing which team plays for what state is understandable for non-American, especially which state does the Kansas City Chiefs play for. This should not be the case for the U.S. president according to the social media response to Donald Trump’s congratulatory tweet to the Super Bowl winners.
Trump tweeted: “Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game, and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure.” After the recorded win by the Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers in the showpiece NFL finale on Sunday.
“You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU!” Trump added.
Kansas City is, of course, not located in Kansas but in Missouri, albeit counterintuitive to some people. Trump seemed to have realized his mistake and has hastily deleted and re-sent his tweet, now with the correct state.
Unfortunately, the exposure of the said tweet was just long enough for people to take notice and comment, with his critics suggesting that regarding his knowledge of geography, “he is not in Kansas anymore.”
There are two Kansas Cities — one in Kansas and one in Missouri. The two are separately incorporated cities but together are part of the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
#KansasCityKansas started trending on Monday, thereafter followed by another hashtag: #TrumpIsAnIdiot.
The fracas on Trump’s geographical knowledge has since then earned an “It’s Missouri you stone cold idiot” tweet from former Missouri senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, who tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s tweet.
It’s Missouri you stone cold idiot. pic.twitter.com/O1cAAOFsJ6
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) February 3, 2020
One of the responses to the former senator’s tweet was by the former RNC chairman Michael Steele, who wrote: “I got nothing for this one. #SimplyStupid.”
Kansas City, Missouri police department tweeted: “Now that everyone is paying attention to Kansas City, it seems people are confused: We’re from MISSOURI. Check our profile pic—It’s our Missouri-shaped patch.”
Fox and Friends with host Steve Doocy defended the president, saying,
“Kansas City is in Kansas and it is also in Missouri … [It’s like when] people call them the New York Giants, but they’re in New Jersey.”
The tirade started last year in what was dubbed Sharpiegate when Trump used a weather map to trace the direction Hurricane Dorian is going to take using a sharpie marker, which was falsely extended to include Alabama. Trump’s geographical bona fides were debated ever since.
Trump is also reported to have again hosted his annual Super Bowl watch party at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, prior to returning to Washington—the Capitol, not the state, of course.