Does Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump need a geography lesson?
The conservative billionaire tweeted out a response on Thursday to the shooting of a knife-wielding man in Paris that has many social media users assuming Trump believes the French capital is located in Germany.
The tweet immediately launched a host of ridicule at the real estate mogul on Twitter as the phrase “Paris is in Germany” began trending.
Breaking News: American people are seriously considering electing a man who thinks Paris is in Germany. pic.twitter.com/nu1TeKPmpG— Pastor West (@Pastor__West) January 7, 2016
breaking news: paris is in germany pic.twitter.com/aeTkDdDbw5— omid mio scobie (@_mio) January 7, 2016
I don't know... maybe Donald Trump has this pic in his room and that's why he thinks Paris is in Germany. pic.twitter.com/t86Ldu7XCD— Victor Flores (@Sir_Vic) January 7, 2016
I don't know why we are bothering to prevent #DonaldTrump coming to UK. If he thinks Paris is in Germany he'll get lost on the way anyway.— ? ICETWICE ? (@ICETWICE) January 7, 2016
Trump's Paris is in Germany comment is forcing us to defend this. pic.twitter.com/Gfg7PyCv6m— PoliticalGroove (@PoliticalGroove) January 7, 2016
Morocco is in Mexico. Paris is in Germany. Elect Donald Turnip— John Lurie (@lurie_john) January 7, 2016
The good thing about Trump thinking Paris is in Germany is that he probably thinks he's running for president of Papua New Guinea.— Maz Bonafide (@MazBONAFIDE) January 7, 2016
Most Twitter users took the egregious faux pas as a chance to lampoon the presidential hopeful for his apparent lack of basic geography knowledge. Yet a small minority on social media defended Trump’s tweet, postulating the candidate was just lumping the Paris shooting with the previously reported mass sexual assault in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve into one tweet surrounding heightened immigration tensions in Europe.
I despise Donald Trump, but if you really think he was saying that Paris is in Germany you have the reading comprehension of a 2nd grader.— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack) January 7, 2016
No, Donald Trump does not think Paris is in Germany. If you purport this as fact, you are either misinformed or lying.— Audit The Media (@AuditTheMedia) January 7, 2016
Seriously, Donald Trump does not think Paris is in Germany. He's stupid and crass enough. We don't have to resort to misinterpreting him.— Gary Bainbridge (@Gary_Bainbridge) January 7, 2016
Yet whether Trump actually believes the city of light is in Germany or just needs to better clarify his tweets, a Quinnipiac University poll found that half of Americans would be embarrassed to have Trump as a president. The data is mildly reassuring that at least half of the country would be ashamed of a leader with a running gag of offensive and appallingly airheaded remarks, yet still deeply concerning that the other half is seemingly okay with a president who can't separate one country from the other.
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