Trump Mistakenly Cites 7-Eleven Instead of 9/11 at Buffalo Rally
By NBC News
GOP candidate Donald Trump. AP photo
Donald Trump made an unfortunate slip-of-the-tongue while campaigning in Buffalo, New York, on Monday evening at his final rally before Tuesday's big-prize primary.
Trump was about to deliver prepared remarks lauding New York values — after being introduced by Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, formerly of the New York Jets — when he mistakenly mentioned the name of a popular convenience store chain in place of 9/11, the 2001 terror attacks.
"It's very close to my heart because I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action," Trump told the crowd.
Trump has repeatedly invoked the September 11 attacks as he's campaigned across his home state. He paid his first visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum earlier this month.
Ryan introduced Trump at the Republican presidential candidate's rally at Buffalo's First Niagara Center on Monday night
Ryan has stopped short of endorsing Trump. He once said he was 100 percent behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has exited the race. Ryan said he and Christie are close and referred to himself and Christie as "the Lap-Band brothers," because both have had the weight-loss procedure.
There had once been a chance that Trump would become Ryan's boss in Buffalo. Trump was a finalist to purchase the Bills in September 2014.
The New York City real estate mogul was outbid by Terry and Kim Pegula, who purchased the Bills for an NFL-record $1.4 billion.
Trump drew an estimated crowd of more than 11,000 people to the arena, but the event was interrupted by Trump anti-protesters who made their presence known.
About a dozen young people locked arms and sat down on the floor of the arena shortly after Trump took the stage, forcing authorities to carry several out by their arms and their legs.