Trump commends first responders to '7-Eleven' attacks
Republican candidate, at Buffalo rally, conflated Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with convenience store chain
Donald Trump made an awkward slip of the tongue at a rally in Buffalo, N.Y., on Monday evening, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as "7-Eleven."
"I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center [in New York City], right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I have ever seen in action," said the businessman, a candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
Donald Trump didn't seem to realize he'd invoked 7-Eleven, not 9/11 in a speech <a href="https://t.co/A2MAHw8Xlu">https://t.co/A2MAHw8Xlu</a> <a href="https://t.co/1tsAiElXJj">pic.twitter.com/1tsAiElXJj</a>—@nytimes
The 2001 attacks on Manhattan and the Pentagon are commonly referred to as 9/11. The convenience store chain 7-Eleven is known for its Slurpee frozen drinks.
Trump was apparently oblivious to the fact he'd conflated the two.
He was speaking to thousands of supporters at a rally held ahead of the New York primaries on Tuesday.
The video was shared widely on social media, including as a Vine with nearly four million loops.
Speaking in Buffalo, Trump just accidentally referred to the 2001 terrorist attacks as "7-11” <a href="https://t.co/RsCn1YtY4M">https://t.co/RsCn1YtY4M</a>—@Walldo
People watching the Buffalo rally live could scarcely believe their ears.
Donald Trump just called 9/11 "7-Eleven."<br><br>That just happened.—@scottbix
Oh my gosh. Watching Trump's Buffalo rally. He just praised the NYC firefighters and police who lost their lives on "7/11". 🤔—@Spruke
Can't stop LOLing: "Down at 7-Eleven." Dude we all get hungry for chili dogs, but STAY FOCUSED—@david_rees
Now, it's easy to make fun of a guy who simply misspoke. And fun, too
please respect those who lost their lives in 7/11 due to the slurpee-induced brain freeze—@Olivianuzzi
I am a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/711Truther?src=hash">#711Truther</a> - Slurpees are an inside job, sheeple!!!!—@SooperMexican
Perhaps there's an opportunity for some co-branding here?
I made <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Trump?src=hash">#Trump</a> a new logo<br>#7-Eleven #7-Eleven #7/11 <a href="https://t.co/srHKfP0rfp">pic.twitter.com/srHKfP0rfp</a>—@01101001
.<a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump">@realDonaldTrump</a> Never Forget. #7-Eleven <a href="https://t.co/TKvP9m2euZ">pic.twitter.com/TKvP9m2euZ</a>—@moooooog35