Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump asked a crowd in Pittsburgh on Wednesday how Joe Paterno, the former head coach of the Penn State football team, was doing. The only problem is that Paterno died in 2012.
Trump asked, “How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back?”
Trump begins quest for Sorcerer's Stone in order to resurrect Joe Paterno pic.twitter.com/kSXw6wMVH6
— Ian McKenna (@Ian_McK_) April 13, 2016
And again, because what the f*ck?
According to reports, the crowd was confused.
HUH? Trump just mentioned "bringing back" Joe Paterno. What? Crowd didn't know how to react.
— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) April 13, 2016
Bring Paterno back? @realdonaldtrump has odd expectations of his abilities, and responsibilities, as president.
— Holly Swanson (@StateCollegeMom) April 14, 2016
— Jim Rodenbush (@JimRodenbush) April 14, 2016
Who knows what the GOP front-runner meant. He just says words, any words at all.
It seemed like Trump only remembered that Paterno was fired, not that he died.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 13, 2016
Not only did Trump reference Paterno, who is dead, he did it in Pittsburgh, which is the home of…..Pitt.
— Will Thompson (@thrillis4) April 14, 2016
The weird thing about Trump isn't that he doesn't know Joe Paterno's dead. It's that he thinks pandering for him will help him in Pittsburgh
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) April 14, 2016
The GOP front-runner tried to raise the dead. Even worse, he tried to raise a man from the dead who famously died right after he was let go as a result of the infamous child abuse scandal that was reported in the media 24/7.
Trump asked, “Are we going to bring that back? How about that whole deal?” Maybe the bombastic billionaire candidate should stick to talking about walls (that’s another thing he knows nothing about) and his poll numbers.
The hotel magnate was reading from his notes, but later his campaign alleged that he was speaking of the bronze statue of Paterno which was torn down in 2012 amid the controversy. And yet, that was not on his notes. Trump, who blasts others for using a teleprompter (he’s used one as well) and instead read from his notes, which were obviously written in gibberish. He didn’t say ‘statue’ because he wasn’t prepared. He just used a word that would be familiar with the people of Pittsburgh and it just had to be Paterno.
Because Paterno came under fire over his alleged role in covering up the abuses of former coach Jerry Sandusky.
Sandusky was convicted and sentenced to 30-60 years in prison. Next, Trump will be calling for Sandusky to be released from prison.
Trump’s gaffe isn’t a shock to most people It’s what he does but at least he’s consistent.
H/T: FON’s mod and tipster @Edmeyer_able, with thanks.
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