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Trump Honors Victims Of Mass Shooting In Toledo, Except It Happened In Dayton

"May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo"

August 05, 2019 - 12:17 pm

(WWJ) President Donald Trump is known for his free-wheeling rhetoric where he seems to go with the flow and feed off the energy of the crowd. He rarely seems to read the speeches verbatim that are prepared for him by staff.

Some would say that's a good thing, others would disagree.

As evidence of the latter, Trump gave a speech Monday morning, obviously sticking to the script, where he spoke about mass shootings that happened this weekend in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

When he got to the end of the talk, the president seemed to stumble over the words that were obviously part of the teleprompter script. 

"If we are able to pass great legislation after all of these years, we will ensure that those who were attacked will not have died in vain. May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo, and may God protect them," he said. 

Except the shooting happened in Dayton, Ohio.   

Social media users were not kind about the mixed locations.

"As often happen when Trump reads statements of this sort, he had a lot of trouble with his mouth," Aaron Rupar wrote.

"This is what happens when you read a speech you didn’t write and really don’t care about the actual tragedy..." LC Seward added in a Tweet.

Others, including Patricia Melton, defended the president, writing, "He made a mistake-so what! There are much more important issues regarding Dayton."

The president's remarks followed another round of gun debates in the wake of two mass killings this weekend. In Dayton, nine were killed and another 27 wounded outside a bar by a gunman who wore a mask, bulletproof vest and hearing protection, and was killed by police within 30 seconds of opening fire. He used a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines. No motive has been determined.

El Paso is considered an act of domestic terrorism. About 20 minutes before the shooting started, the shooter posted on the dark online message board 8chan, complaining about America being overrun by Hispanic immigrants. The 2,300-word document, which police called a "manifesto," was attached to a post that said, "I'm probably going to die today."

Prosecutors in El Paso, say they will seek the death penalty for the man suspected of killing 20 people and injuring more than two dozen others.