Donald Trump visited Nevada on Wednesday and decided it would be a great idea to tell Nevadans how to pronounce the name of their own state. Not only was he dead wrong, but he made a total ass of himself in the process too.
Speaking to a crowd gathered in Reno, Trump told them how important it was to say the name of their state correctly and couldn’t have made a bigger fool out of himself. It’s like he is on a mission to say the worst possible thing at the worst possible time —every time.
“Heroin overdoses are surging and meth overdoses in Nevada, Nuh-VAH-da,” he told the crowd. “And you know what I said? I said when I came out here I said nobody says it the other day, has to be Nuh-VAH-da.
“And if you don’t say it correctly and it didn’t happen to me but it happened to a friend of mine he was killed.”
For the record, the correct pronunciation is Nuh-VAD-uh.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 6, 2016
The pronunciation of the state’s name has been a source of contention for years. Nevadans do not appreciate it when you can’t say it correctly, especially if you’re a politician. (You can hear the crowd actually boo Donald Trump when he tries to say it wrong.)
In case you aren’t familiar with how to pronounce Nevada, or how strongly the state’s residents feel about the name of their state when it comes to politicians who are pandering to them, NBC’s Brian Williams did a short segment on this very topic a few years back.
Donald Trump’s supporters are already screaming that it doesn’t matter how he pronounces it. It isn’t like it really matters anyway. Right? Well, judging by the reaction of the crowd Trump was speaking to, it matters to the people who live in Nevada. A lot. When you are trying to connect with people who you want to vote for you, it matters if you can’t say the name of their state.
It matters even more if you’re a pompous ass who condescendingly informs them that they don’t know how to say the name of their own state right. Words. Matter.
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