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Does Donald Trump Think Paris Is in Germany?

Does Donald Trump really think Paris is in Germany?


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:

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.

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.

And in case you were wondering, Trump has, of course, weighed in on the Cologne attacks.

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