We’re not in Missouri anymore: students discuss Trump’s Kansas City confusion

Kansas City was buzzing with excitement when the Chiefs won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Miami.

Shortly after the win, the team received special recognition from President Trump, who tweeted congratulations to the “great state of Kansas” for the win.

The issue with the tweet is that the Kansas City Chiefs are located on the Missouri side of Kansas City, not Kansas.

The tweet was quickly deleted and corrected. However, this did not stop Missouri and Kansas residents from forming their opinions.

Former Senator of Missouri Claire McCaskill posted a screenshot of the original tweet with the caption, “It’s Missouri you stone cold idiot.”

Twitter users created memes of the tweet by creating a larger stateline for Kansas that bordered the Kansas City metro area.

UMKC students also had opinions on the president’s state slip-up of not knowing which state the team resides in.

“He won both states in the 2016 election but did not seem to know the simple fact that two cities, both named Kansas City, share one team,” said Kori Martiny, a communications major.

Martiny said residents of Kansas love the Chiefs, but acknowledge that the team resides in Missouri.

“This tweet made me super ashamed,” said Sadie Billings, a communications major. “I thought that someone was bound to catch that mistake before it was sent out, but I’m also not surprised.”

Other students found the mistake humorous.

“I honestly laughed because it shows that even the president of the United States doesn’t know the difference between the two,” said Maddie Houx, a psychology major.

Some residents of the Kansas City metro area feel there should be clear distinction between Kansas and Missouri when referencing the city.

“People always get the states mixed up,” said Houx. “It’s not right because KCMO and KCK have their own unique things. It’s not right to clump them all together.”

Some students think Trump shouldn’t have made the tweet about the state, but more about Kansas City as a whole community.

“When I think of Kansas City, I think of both states, not one versus the other,” said Mia Vaught, a pre-nursing major.

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