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President Donald Trump began his return from a 12-day trip to Asia by apparently tweeting about the wrong mass shooting.
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday night, Trump tweeted: “May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.”
The shooting in Sutherland Springs happened just over a week ago. But a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California, which left four people dead and at least 10 more injured, including a young student, did occur on Tuesday—which is presumably what Trump meant to tweet about.
Trump’s tweet on Tuesday night should sound familiar. On Nov. 5, Trump tweeted nearly the same thing about the shooting in Texas, where a gunman killed 26 people at a church.
“May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan,” the president tweeted last week.
May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 5, 2017
Wednesday’s errant tweet disappeared from Trump’s timeline shortly before 9am ET, but the president had not posted any statements or corrections about it. The White House did not respond to a request for comment by the Daily Dot about whether Trump mistakenly tweeted about Sutherland Springs instead of the shooting in California.
It’s possible that a draft tweet could have been inadvertently sent out, given the similarities between the Nov. 5 tweet and the one sent on Tuesday night. However, people on social media accused Trump of copying and pasting his heartfelt condolences, given the similarity between the tweet on Nov. 5 and the one sent out on Tuesday night.
Did u just copy & paste this & forget to change the city?— Name cannot be blank (@cadillaccannon) November 15, 2017
Jesus H. Tap-dancing Christ, did you just copy/paste without updating? Is that how routine this has become?!!!? How about <please insert your hometown> and we’ll just customize for you every goddamn week? #Asshole— Tennesseine (@Tennesseine) November 15, 2017
OMG. After the mass shooting in California, Trump appears to have either:— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 15, 2017
1. Cut & pasted an old tweet about the Texas shooting or
2. He literally cannot keep up. https://t.co/5nRgG9pkgn
Jesus, he copy pasted his response to a mass shooting and forgot to change the location.— Jason McMillan (@Jason_McMillan7) November 15, 2017
What a clown.
And, the FBI and Law Enforcement HAVE arrived. https://t.co/dM6kdu3fzL
Update 8:07am CT, Nov. 15: Trump’s tweet has been deleted.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).