Toledo? Trump Misstates Location of Ohio Massacre

After two mass shootings over the weekend killed and wounded dozens of people in Texas and Ohio, President Trump condemned the violence at the White House on Monday morning.

But, in referring to the Sunday morning shooting in which a gunman killed nine people and wounded 27 others in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Trump drew criticism after he referred to a city more than 100 miles a way.

“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo,” the president said. “May God protect them. May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio. May God bless the victims and their families. May God bless America.”

Mr. Trump wasn’t the only high-profile politician to mix up locations. On Sunday night, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, misstated the locations of both shootings.

At a fund-raiser, Mr. Biden referred to “the tragic events in Houston today and also in Michigan the day before,” according to a pool report. Mr. Biden later corrected himself, according to the report.

The mass shooting in Texas on Saturday took place in El Paso, about 700 miles from Houston. A white man is accused of opening fire in a Walmart there, killing and wounding dozens of people after writing a manifesto railing against immigration. Many in the city linked the suspect’s words to Mr. Trump’s public statements and broader animosity toward immigrants.

After his remarks on Monday morning, Mr. Trump walked offstage without taking questions from reporters and did not immediately acknowledge the location error. It was not clear if the error was in his prepared remarks on the teleprompter.

No politician or president is immune to flubs, and Mr. Trump has had his share. Just last month, for example, he suggested during an Independence Day speech that American soldiers “took over the airports” during or shortly after the Revolutionary War. No airports, or airplanes, existed at that time.

And last fall, Mr. Trump referred to Paradise, Calif., which had been devastated by wildfires, as “Pleasure.” He added, “What a name,” repeated the mistake before other officials corrected him.

In his remarks on Monday, Mr. Trump said, “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy — these sinister ideologies must be defeated.” He also used Twitter to call on Republicans and Democrats to work together to strengthen background checks for prospective gun buyers and pass new immigration laws.

Democratic presidential candidates have sought to connect the El Paso shooting to Mr. Trump, arguing that he has encouraged extremism with what they called hateful language. And on Monday, one of those candidates, Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, swore in a terse tweet after Mr. Trump’s “Toledo” comment.

Mr. Ryan followed that up with a series of tweets. “Dayton. 9 lives lost. 27 people wounded,” he wrote in one. “A community reeling in pain, anguish and anger. I see you.”


Niraj Chokshi contributed reporting.

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