At a campaign rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Tuesday, October 9th, Donald Trump again showed his ignorance of basic geography and threw in a nice little insult while he was at it. Reacting to the fact that a number of people in the crowd cheered when he mentioned Nebraska, Trump went off on a little tangent about his surprise that there were so many people from Nebraska in the crowd:
“Today I kept another major promise, as I said, to the people of Iowa and Nebraska and other countries. Wait. Hey, wait a minute. I got to do that again. I got to do that again. I love Nebraska. You know we won Iowa, we won Nebraska… But they said, sir, you’re speaking in Iowa, but we’ll have some people from Nebraska there. What the… Like I said, Nebraska… OK, so — and we have both. By the way, we have both great governors here. And I did that just in case. So, ready? I’m going to go Iowa first, then I’m going to go Nebraska. I just want to see who the hell I’m speaking to. OK? Because that was a little shocking what I just heard. So I’m going to go — I’m just curious, OK? Iowa. Nebraska. Unbelievable. So they said, sir, you’re speaking in Iowa, there may be a few people coming in from Nebraska. I don’t think that’s right. Great going, fellas. Great going. I’ll tell my staff, great going, fellas. Doesn’t matter. We love both. Who cares, right? Who cares? We love ’em. All I know is you’ve got a lot of farmers in both, right?”
First off, Iowa and Nebraska are not “countries” as Donald Trump seemed to suggest. Secondly, Donald Trump was apparently completely unaware of where he was speaking. Council Bluffs, Iowa is directly across the Missouri River from Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska. Of course there were going to be a lot of Nebraska people there. How on earth could he be “shocked” by that?
This is not the first time Donald Trump has betrayed his complete ignorance of simple geography.
Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t possibly say anything dumber than the hundreds of idiotic things he has already said, Donald Trump comes along and outdoes himself.
According to a Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, the President of the United States had a suggestion for the country of Spain: build a wall across the Sahara desert.
“The border with the Sahara cannot be bigger than our border with Mexico,” Mr Borrell quoted Mr Trump as saying.
BBC was kind enough to provide a map to put Trump’s suggestion in context:
Now, a few points have to be made here regarding basic geography:
- Spain does not border the Sahara desert.
- Spain is not able to build a wall in or up against the Sahara desert, because, again, Spain does not border the Sahara desert.
- If Spain were to build a wall to keep people from the Sahara desert region out of Spain, it would have to build a wall along it’s Mediterranean coastline, much of which is a famous tourist area, known as the Costa del Sol, that is lined with beaches and hotels.
Trump’s suggestion is quite literally insane.
Geography is obviously not Donald Trump’s strong suit. Its kind of hard to find an actual strong suit, to be honest. Maybe lying? He’s pretty good at that.
Okay, back to his rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where besides showing his complete ignorance of geography, Trump ended his little tangent by saying “Who cares, right? Who cares? We love ’em. All I know is you’ve got a lot of farmers in both, right?”
Yes, there are a lot of farmers in Iowa and Nebraska, but there are also many, many more people in both states who are not farmers. In fact, Iowa has about 90,000 farms, but has about 1.5 million people employed in non-farm occupations. Nebraska has about 50,000 farms, but has about 1 million people employed in non-farm occupations. It is interesting to wonder what the people of Iowa and Nebraska would have thought if Barack Obama had said “Who cares, right? Who cares? We love ’em. All I know is you’ve got a lot of farmers in both, right?”
Most people don’t take too kindly to their area being referred to in such a stereotypical fashion. At the least, this kind of comment shows ignorance and a lack of curiosity about a group of people, which can often be found to be offensive, especially if it is coming from the President of the United States. But, what would one expect from a reality TV star and failed casino mogul who has lived most of his adult life in a gold-plated Manhattan penthouse?
It’s not like Donald Trump has a history of insulting the people of Iowa, though, right? Oh, wait, he does:
“How stupid are the people of Iowa? How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”