On Thursday, the absent-minded president urged Ohio voters to support a candidate who isn't running in the special U.S. House election.
Donald Trump enthusiastically endorsed Republican candidate Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) in a deleted tweet that confused many voters.
"Congressman Steve Stivers of Ohio has done a fantastic job as chair of the [National Republican Congressional Committee]," Trump wrote in the since-deleted tweet. "Go out and vote for Steve on Aug 7.
For weeks, we’ve heard rumors about Steve Stivers panicking about his own race (especially after all of you helped… https://t.co/JfDon8AKWw— Rick Neal (@Rick Neal) 1533237622.0
According to Politico, Stivers is a four-term congressman and chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee who already ran unopposed in May's primary race.
However, Stivers will face Democrat Rick Neal on November 6 for Ohio's 15th District.
@DispatchAlerts Facts don’t matter so why should the actual name of the candidate?— Bird Dog Wright (@Bird Dog Wright) 1533248162.0
Trump's false alarm was deleted 10 minutes after posting and tweeted a replacement 30 minutes later with no explanation or mention of the former blunder.
This time, Trump urged voters to support GOP state senator Troy Balderson for next Tuesday's special elections.
Balderson is running for the 12th congressional district seat against Democratic candidate Danny O'Connor.
@DispatchAlerts Vote for Danny OConner!!!— MamaBurf (@MamaBurf) 1533239617.0
"Looking forward to being in the Great State of Ohio on Saturday night where I will be campaigning hard for a truly talented future Congressman, @Troy_Balderson," he wrote in the replacement tweet. "See you all then!"
Trump's now deleted tweet that endorsed Stivers confirmed that the president tweets can never be taken at face value.
@Rick_Neal @stevestivers Something gives me the impression that Trump has no idea who any of the congressional republican candidates are.— Tiffany Rumbalski (@Tiffany Rumbalski) 1533239151.0
@TRumbalski @stevestivers You'd think he'd know Steve Stivers too, given all the time our Congressman spends at NRC… https://t.co/sXid1Ps4OQ— Rick Neal (@Rick Neal) 1533239206.0
@TRumbalski @Rick_Neal @stevestivers Wow....... maybe he’ll boost Steve tomorrow in Delaware. Shhhh don’t tell him😶 https://t.co/pInO27uydf— Sandra 🗽 Pursue Justice, Protect Democracy (@Sandra 🗽 Pursue Justice, Protect Democracy) 1533240243.0
The deleted tweet opened the floor for plenty of mockery.
@ChikTandoori @darreldrowland @Troy_Balderson He’s worried about Mueller so he needs a rally to distract himself. B… https://t.co/tPfmBqc8hu— Carrie Loats (@Carrie Loats) 1533265828.0
@DispatchAlerts Steve, Troy, they sound so similar though ... https://t.co/1ymkmMZz1Z— Crisgw (@Crisgw) 1533258723.0
@DispatchAlerts Vote for Pedro https://t.co/jwWf5CISAq— Alex Goddard (@Alex Goddard) 1533240176.0
Whether it's the president himself or close members of his team who are responsible for the embarrassing gaffe, deleting the tweet proved futile.
And fortunately for us, the Argus-eyed internet vigilantes will continue keeping tabs on all of the president's missteps through screenshots for posterity in pursuit of preserving facts.