Donald Trump Congratulates Totally Wrong State For Super Bowl Win
Geography is hard, as President Donald Trump found out when he had to quickly delete a Super Bowl tweet congratulating the wrong state for winning.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in the Super Bowl on Monday (AEDT, Sunday local time), following a stunning comeback. The Chiefs were 10 points down late in the game, before a rousing late surge delivered them the win.
"Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game, and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure. You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU!" Trump wrote.
Sounds fine, right? Well, only if you're not a geography aficionado of mid-tier American states -- because the Kansas City Chiefs do not play in the state of Kansas.
They play in the state of Missouri.
Yes, bizarrely, there is more than one place called Kansas City in the USA -- there's one in Kansas, and one in Missouri. To make things even trickier, they're literally neighbours, with the states sharing a border, and the respective cities being split by that border.
(There's also a Kansas City in the state of Oregon, but that's not relevant to what we're talking about here, forget about that one.)
The Kansas City Chiefs football team play at Arrowhead Stadium, which is about 10 miles on the Missouri side of the border.
The one in Missouri is the largest city in that state, with nearly 500,000 people -- while the one in Kansas is only the third-largest in that state, just 150,000.
It's a very nitpicky thing, we know, but that didn't stop a lot of people quickly taking a dig at the President of the United States. Claire McCaskill, a former federal senator for Missouri, called Trump a "stone cold idiot".
Trump quickly deleted the tweet and put up a new one -- this time thanking the correct state.
If you're interested, there's a story behind why there is a Kansas City on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri border.
The Kansas City Star newspaper explained that Kansas City Missouri (which locals call KCMO) was first incorporated as a city in the year 1853. That was before Kansas even became a state officially, in 1861. The paper reported that in 1872, towns around what is now Kansas City Kansas (referred to as KCK) got together as a city.
"They used the same name as the neighboring KCMO in an attempt to attract visitors who thought they were traveling to the more booming KCMO," the Kansas City Star said.
The Kansas City Star is based in Missouri.