When Donald Trump spoke earlier this week in Buffalo, media critics lambasted him for allegedly confusing “9/11” with “7/11.” However, a theory emerged as to why Trump didn’t misspeak, one that the media refuses to acknowledge.
The controversy all began Monday, as Trump was speaking before a crowd in Buffalo on the day before the New York primary. During the speech, he touted his 9/11 activism.
“I wrote this out, and it’s very close to my heart,” Trump said to the audience.
“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.”
The media, predictably, pounced on Trump’s remarks.
“Donald Trump, who has made his advocacy for New York City after the 9/11 attacks central to his candidacy, accidentally referred to it on Monday as 7/11 — the ubiquitous convenience store,” CNN wrote with scarcely contained glee.
However, a new theory quickly emerged — the fact that he was actually talking about the Greenville Fire Department, a department in the New York town of Scarsdale that was one of the first to respond to the 9/11 attacks.
The station is known as 711 because of its address, 711 Central Park Ave. And as one Facebook user close to the situation pointed out, the firefighters there were quoted as “thanking Trump for his generous donations of time, services and goods, both for the firefighters and for the victims.”
And keep in mind, the way Donald phrased things made it sound a lot more like he was talking about a location, not a date. His words were “our firemen down at 7/11,” not “our firemen on 7/11.”
Of course, this is getting almost no play in the media. They’re more than happy to continue to make it look like Donald Trump is a buffoon who hasn’t done anything for the victims and heroes of 9/11.
However, the record and the evidence seems to show something different. It’s time we started spreading that around.