During a rally in Reno, Donald Trump committed one of Nevada’s deadliest political sins – he mispronounced the state’s name.
The Republican nominee’s flub wasn’t just made in passing. Trump was actually lecturing the crowd on how to pronounce their own state’s name when he made the screw-up.
Of course, what Trump insisted was the correct way to pronounce the state’s name was actually the exact opposite.
Donald Trump just spent two minutes in Reno insisting that Nevada is pronounced “Nev-AH-da,” which is incorrect.
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) October 5, 2016
Trump says Ne-vah-dah… Crowd yells Neh-VAD-ah!
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 5, 2016
While critics were quick to pounce, the Trump campaign was ready with this full-proof defense: Trump was actually joking the entire time, and he actually does know how to pronounce it.
Tweet via Jon Ralston:
Heard from a Trump campaign source that he actually was joking in Reno when he said the state’s name wrong, that he does know how to say it.
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 6, 2016
But, as Ralston also tweeted, Trump has never correctly pronounced the state name:
He didn’t even say the name down here. And botches it in Reno. He has never — I mean never — said the name correctly. https://t.co/jl0sIhm2gI
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) October 5, 2016
This faux pas isn’t likely to decide the election, but when you’re lecturing voters in a swing-state about how to pronounce their state’s name, you should probably make sure you know how to say it correctly in the first place.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.