Democrats Pounce on Trump 'Toledo' Misstatement, Ignore Biden's Gaffes

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On Monday morning, President Donald Trump condemned the white supremacy behind the terrorist attack in El Paso, Texas, and called for measures to fight mass shootings. Yet he concluded his remarks with “May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo.” Democrats and liberals pounced on the misstatement, ignoring two glaring misstatements from former Vice President Joe Biden, the current frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.


“Toledo. Fck me,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a 2020 candidate, tweeted.

“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,” CNN Commentator Keith Boykin tweeted.

“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,” sleazy lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted. “This guy is a f**king embarrassment.”

Far-left political action group Democracy for America mocked Trump for the mistake, tweeting, “The White Supremacist in Chief can’t even read his fake message of condolence off a teleprompter correctly.”


Giffords Courage, a gun control group founded by shooting victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), mocked Trump for the mistake.

Yet as liberals pounce on Trump’s admittedly embarrassing mistake, they seemingly ignored a worse mistake from Biden.

At a fundraiser Sunday night, Biden referred to “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,” but later corrected himself, Fox News reported. He seemingly confused Houston for El Paso and Michigan for Ohio when addressing the shootings.

“Joe Biden thought yesterday that the El Paso tragedy was in Houston and that the Dayton tragedy was in Michigan,” the Federalist’s Ryan Saavedra tweeted. “Most of the people who are attacking Trump for saying ‘Toledo’ instead of Dayton are not going to say a word about Biden.”


It seems the focus on Trump’s “Toledo” misstatement has more to do with distracting audiences than with true outrage on behalf of victims. Despite Democrats’ insistence that Trump is responsible for the El Paso shooting and the “white supremacy” behind it, the president clearly and unequivocally condemned white supremacy. Liberals may be desperate to distract from this fact.

Follow Tyler O’Neil, the author of this article, on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.


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