Donald Trump Says 7/11 Instead of 9/11 in New York Speech
Donald Trump was making his final pitch to New York voters at a Buffalo rally when he accidentally said 7/11 instead of 9/11.
“I wrote this out, and it’s very close to my heart,” he began in an April 18 speech.
“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. And I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.”
The Republican frontrunner did not correct himself.
Trump has been touting his experience related to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as a reminder to voters of his “New York values”—a phrase used as a criticism by opponent Ted Cruz, and which Trump has tried to capitalize on leading up to the New York primaries on April 19.
The gaffe follows confusion last week in Pittsburgh, when Trump asked a crowd about Penn State’s famous, but deceased, coach.
“How’s Joe Paterno?” Trump said, “Are we gonna bring that back? Right? … How about that whole deal?”
Paterno died in January 2012, months after being dismissed following a child sex abuse scandal involving his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky.
Trump’s campaign was quick to respond after the confusion, saying Trump was not talking about Paterno himself, but the statue at Penn State that was controversially removed following the scandal.