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With Paris on edge on the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, a man wielding a meat cleaver was shot inside a police station Thursday in the French capital. Malheureusement, back here in ‘Merica, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump appears to believe the foiled attack happened in Germany.
After the news of the attack broke, Trump posted this to Twitter:
Man shot inside Paris police station. Just announced that terror threat is at highest level. Germany is a total mess-big crime. GET SMART!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2016
It didn’t take long for Twitter to take him to task for his apparent gaffe; as of 11:25 a.m. Washington time, #ParisIsInGermany was the top trend. Here are some of the more creative takedowns.
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
If Paris is in Germany, then I want Los Angeles in Chicago so I can go to the beach today.
— Tina Issa (@tinaissa) January 7, 2016
— Tony Hughes (@TheProtestBoard) January 7, 2016
Now, to be fair to Trump, one could read the tweet as a nod to the victims of roughly 100 reports of sexual assault and harassment during New Year’s celebrations in the German city of Cologne, where attackers reportedly were men of North African or Arab descent. Trump’s tweet admonished readers to “GET SMART!” — and if he was referring to rampant crime across Europe, perhaps it was not such a dummkopf statement after all.
Some Twitter users jumped to the billionaire businessman’s defense.
I mean, it's all fun and games but Donald Trump doesn't think Paris is in Germany and the tweet doesn't even read like he does.
— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) January 7, 2016
Not sure why I am defending Donald Trump, but he clearly relates Paris and Germany rather than suggests Paris is in Germany.
— Jason V. Marquart (@jasonmarquart) January 7, 2016
And in case you were wondering, Trump has, of course, weighed in on the Cologne attacks.
Germany is going through massive attacks to its people by the migrants allowed to enter the country. New Years Eve was a disaster. THINK!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2016
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