Fox News political contributor Matt Schlapp, who is also the chairman of the American Conservative Union (the organization that puts on the annual Conservative Political Action Conference), tried desperately to defend a tweet from President Donald Trump on Sunday in which the chief executive mistakenly identified Kansas City as being part of the state of Kansas.
Kansas City, whose NFL team won the Super Bowl on Sunday, is in Missouri.
Trump’s originally tweet read as follows:
“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.”
Minutes after that tweet was written, it was deleted and replaced with one correctly identifying the Kansas City Chiefs as being located in Missouri.
Still, the internet never forgets, and several users on social media berated the president — particularly because his own Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, had last month suggested an NPR reporter couldn’t find Ukraine on a map, and Trump had defended Pompeo’s explicit remarks toward the reporter.
Schlapp, one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, came to Trump’s defense on Monday, writing in a tweet of his own that the state of Kansas did indeed have a Kansas City of its own.
Dear East coast establishment: Kansas City, Kansas is in Kansas.
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) February 3, 2020
“Dear East coast establishment: Kansas City, Kansas is in Kansas,” Schlapp wrote.
It’s unclear, however, what Schlapp is getting at here: his remark suggests it’s an “establishment” statement to correctly identify the NFL team The Chiefs as playing in the Kansas City that’s in Missouri. It also appears that his statement suggests he’s unaware that such a place exists, or that the Chiefs play in the larger of the two cities, within the borders of “The Show-Me State.”
Furthermore, Schlapp’s comments came a day following Trump’s tweet correcting himself. If we’re to read Schlapp’s tweet correctly, he’s saying that anyone else who correctly identifies that the team plays in Kansas City, Missouri, is an “establishment” individual — which would include Trump at this point.
TO SUMMARIZE: Schlapp’s tweet contradicts the president while attempting to defend him, but is also itself incorrect or, at the very least, highly misleading. A Kansas City, Kansas, does indeed exist — but the Kansas City Chiefs play in Missouri.