In an unfortunate slip of the tongue Monday night, Donald Trump said “7-Eleven” instead of “9/11” when speaking about the terrorist attacks that occurred in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
“It’s very close to my heart because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action,” he said.
Trump’s word choice seemed to be verbal flub rather than a reference to the convenience store chain.
He made the comments at a rally in Buffalo, N.Y., the night before the state’s primary on Tuesday, which he is expected to win.
Trump, a Queens native whose real estate empire is based in Manhattan, has repeatedly invoked the 9/11 attacks while stumping in New York City and elsewhere in the state, time and again commending that day’s first responders. Earlier in the campaign, Trump delivered a rather eloquent defense of New York City and its people after Senator Ted Cruz criticized his “New York values” as “socially liberal” and “pro-abortion” at a debate in January.
Trump, whose campaign for the Republican nomination is nothing if not unorthodox, has committed verbal mix-ups before. During a speech earlier this year at Liberty University, which is known for its Evangelical student body, Trump pronounced a book of the Bible as “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians.” And he also cursed twice.