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Aug. 5, 2019, 1:07 p.m. EDT

Trump asks God’s blessing on shooting victims in ... Toledo

Joe Biden also bungled the locations of the weekend’s mass shootings

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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President Donald Trump delivers his prepared speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

For one fleeting moment Monday morning, we were all Tim Ryan:

That’s how the Ohio congressman and longshot presidential hopeful reacted to President Trump’s prepared speech in which he mistakenly referred to Toledo, not Dayton, as the location of one of the weekend’s two deadly mass shootings.

“May God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo. May God protect them. May God protect all of those from Texas to Ohio. May God bless the victims and their families,” Trump said from the White House.

Watch the speech:

As with seemingly everything Trump says or does, the reaction was swift. Check out how abruptly Toledo began trending on Google /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG -0.17%  :

To be fair, it wasn’t a good day for septuagenarian politicians, in general.

Joe Biden also took some hits after he got the locations wrong when addressing the shootings on Sunday night. In pool comments reported by the Hill , Biden referred to “tragic events” in Houston and Michigan before correcting himself.

There was no shortage of bipartisan backlash:

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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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