Donald Trump is being roasted in the mainstream media for confusing the convenience store chain 7/11 with the 9/11 tragedy.
During a campaign rally earlier this week in Buffalo, Trump said, “Its very close to my heart because I was down there. And I watched our police and our firemen, down at 7-11, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down.”
Trump’s comment wasn’t a slip of the tongue. Nor was he referring to the convenience store chain.
Trump was referring to a New York fire station… Engine 7, Ladder 1, Battalion 1.
Hat tip to Nels, one of my listeners, who pointed this out to me:
“As a former New Yorker, I immediately knew what Donald Trump was referencing. Firestation #711 / Firemen’s Legion #711 (Engine 7, Ladder 1, Battalion 1) were the very first responders to the 9/11 attacks. There was even a film made about them that won a Peabody and Emmy, called 9/11. How quickly our heroes are forgotten. Also, the funniest thing is if you assume he mean 9/11, “down on 9/11″ makes zero sense!”
Plenty of users on Twitter also understood Trump.
— Matt List (@Matthewlist97) April 19, 2016
just so you clowns know.. Trump was refering to this … Engine 7/Ladder 1/Battalion 1 Firehouse on Duane Street in Lower Manhattan
— Rock S (@rock6ny56) April 19, 2016
People making fun of Trump, educate yourselves. 711.
Engine 7/Ladder 1/Battalion 1.
First to get to the Twin Towers.
— cortnibriana (@cortnisteele) April 20, 2016
Reddit users knew exactly what Trump was saying.
“I live in f****** Finland and even I know what 711 means in the context of 9/11. Also what 1010 is. I mean how the f*** does not the American MSM know their American heroes? 711 is even featured in the world famous 9/11 documentary.
Guess how many media stories I could find explaining Trump’s statement?
Trump was paying tribute to the heroes of 9/11 that many of us have apparently already forgotten.