Trump mocked on social media after goofing about Namibia
President Donald Trump once again became the butt of jokes on social media Wednesday after he mispronounced the name of an African country during a meeting with the continent's leaders in New York.
Speaking at a luncheon with African leaders during the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, the president referred to Namibia, a country on the southwestern coast of Africa, as ‘Nambia.'
'In Guinea and Nigeria you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak,' Trump told the assembled leaders.
He then said: 'Nambia's health system is increasingly sufficient.'
The Trump administration later corrected the transcripts to indicate that the president was referring to Namibia.
The president's gaffe ignited a parade of mocking tweets from Twitter users who referenced some of Trump's most notorious verbal slip-ups.
In fact, 'Nambia' was a trending topic on Twitter for hours on Wednesday.
'Was #Nambia responsible for the #Bowlinggreen massacre? We may never #Covfefe,' tweeted Tony Groeblinghoff.
The 'Bowling Green Massacre' is a reference to a statement by Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who in early February cited the non-existent historical event as justification for the president's travel ban.
'Covfefe' is the word that Trump invented out of a typo on Twitter earlier this year when he mistakenly posted a tweet and then failed to delete it.
Both Conway's concocted historical event and Trump's Twitter blunder were fodder for comedians and naysayers on social media.
Another Twitter user, Timothy Plaehn, tweeted: 'Frederick Douglass, who's done an amazing job, is originally from #Nambia.’
Frederick Douglass is a historical figure in America because he was a famous black abolitionist who died before the 20th century, yet Trump was apparently caught unaware earlier this year that he had long been dead.
'Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,' the president said in February.
Another Twitter user, Paul Chambers, tweeted: 'I just got an email from #Nambia. Apparently my cousin, a prince, died and left me millions of dollars.’
Joshua Warren tweeted a gif showing 'footage of the prince of Nambia leaving the UN after meeting with Trump.’
The gif is a scene from the 1980s comedy Coming to America, in which Eddie Murphy stars as the prince of a fictitious African country who comes to the US to find a bride.
Another Twitter user, Sulome Anderson, tweeted: 'I hear the three to five million illegal immigrants who helped Hillary win the popular vote were from #Nambia.’
Though Trump was elected president, he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
Trump has claimed – without evidence – that the final tally in favor of Clinton was the result of 'millions' of people who voted illegally.