Donald Trump has made perhaps his weirdest gaffe yet – after appearing to suggest that Paris is in Germany.
The billionaire Republican Presidential candidate tweeted after police shot a man dead outside a Paris police station on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Trump wrote: “Man shot inside Paris police station. Just announced that terror threat is at highest level. Germany is a total mess-big crime. GET SMART!”
Opponents of Trump used their incredible fact-checking prowess to point out that Paris is, in fact, the capital of France.
Mr Trump, who is currently leading the Republican field, is increasingly unpopular in Europe after targeting minority groups and making divisive comments..
A petition to ban him from the UK received over half a million signatures – after he claimed police ‘fear for their lives’ in English cities because of Muslim. In retaliation, Trump threatened to pull £700m of investment out of the UK.
However, Labour’s Chris Bryant was not so worried:
The internet, as always, reacted proportionately:
Defenders of Mr Trump suggest the tweet was garbled, and was attempting to address separate issues in France and Germany at the same time… but despite the media storm, the billionaire is yet to clarify his comment.
Meanwhile, it was alleged recently that as President, Trump would look the other way (though which way geographically we can’t be certain) to allow lawmakers to pass a new anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ law.
Religious lobbyists claimed that in order to shore up his right-wing support, Trump had privately agreed not to veto the ‘First Amendment Defence Act’, which is designed to ‘protect’ those who discriminate against gay couples.
The law would ban the federal government from taking any action whatsoever against a person who “believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief… that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, or sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”