SCAN SPORT – The US head of state congratulated the state of Kansas for the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Problem: the franchise is not based in Kansas but in Missouri.
The President congratulated Kansas State on Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs’ victory in the Super Bowl, the NFL football final, when the city is actually in Missouri. The official account of the head of state quickly corrected the message and replaced Kansas with Missouri, but many Internet users and several American media had had time to take a screenshot of the original tweet.
Technically, Kansas City was founded at the junction of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. The border between the two states is in the middle of the same agglomeration, administratively with a Kansas City in Kansas and another in Missouri. The economic development of the part located in the latter having been more important, this city took over from its neighbor.
It was enough for social networks to mock this error. “Lots of people talk about Kansas City being in two states, but it’s only Donald Trump who does something about it,” New York magazine columnist Josh Barro quipped on Twitter.
The President visited Kansas City, Missouri in December 2018 to speak at a conference of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program of the United States Department of Justice to address the problem of violence and crime.
“Someone quickly take the Sharpie (felt) out of Trump’s hands before he redraws the map of Kansas,” joked writer and television producer Bryan Behar, also on Twitter. It was a reference to Hurricane Dorian, which Donald Trump announced in early September that he would “most likely” wipe out Alabama. The forecast was denied soon after by the national meteorological service, but the president was relentless, even going so far as to produce a map on which Alabama had been roughly included in the felt in the possible path of the hurricane. Dorian never touched Alabama and never even entered the interior of the United States.