The Kansas City metropolitan area straddles the borders of Kansas and Missouri, meaning that there’s both a Kansas City, Kansas and a Kansas City, Missouri. But the latter is both the bigger city (488,943 to 152,938, as of 2017) and the one where the Chiefs play. But after the Chiefs’ 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV Sunday, U.S. president Donald Trump briefly tweeted congratulations to the Chiefs and “the Great State of Kansas.” That tweet was soon deleted, but is preserved here:
When trump thinks the Chiefs play in Kansas… ?♀️ pic.twitter.com/dgi3GcEKFc
— Annie Neveau (@AnnieNeveau) February 3, 2020
After taking down that tweet, Trump’s account posted a similar tweet this time shouting out “the great state of Missouri.” Which is a bit more accurate as to where they actually play, but probably won’t be loved by the Chiefs’ fans who live on the Kansas side:
Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback under immense pressure. We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2020
Funnily enough, one of the many people calling Trump out over the initial tweet was former U.S. senator Claire McCaskill (a Democratic senator representing Missouri from 2006-2018 who’s now a NBC News/MSNBC analyst):
It’s Missouri you stone cold idiot. pic.twitter.com/O1cAAOFsJ6
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) February 3, 2020
And someone else actually predicted that he would do this:
If KC pulls this out, what are the chances Trump
A. Thinks the Chiefs play in the state of Kansas
B. Takes shots at the city of SF in a congratulatory tweet to KC
— Deven Nunez Parler is for Losers Cow (@EmmReef) February 3, 2020
So, yeah, that first tweet was a bit of a swing and a miss.
[Annie Neveau on Twitter]