Donald Trump has battered Ted Cruz for his “New York values” comment, which had nothing to do with 9/11, by cynically citing 9/11 in order to inflame voters in New York. But on Monday, Trump showed how much 9/11 meant to him at a rally in Buffalo on Monday, referring to it as 7/11.
There has been suspicion about Trump’s genuine compassion over 9/11 anyway, since he managed to cough up a $100,000 donation to the 9/11 memorial only a week before the New York primary, and after 9/11, never gave a dime to even one not-for-profit group that gave aid to survivors, rescue workers, or the families of cops and firemen who died trying to save others.
But in Buffalo, as Trump again cited 9/11 to drum up support for himself, he managed this: "I wrote this out, and it's very close to my heart. 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."
Note: Trump made no effort to correct himself.
Twitter was aflame with riotous commentary after the gaffe:
But the most telling tweet was this: