President Donald Trump on Sunday weighed in on reports that NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, died in a helicopter crash, calling it “terrible news.” But his tweet triggered a fierce backlash for getting wrong the number of people killed in the crash.
“Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California,” Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon. “That is terrible news!”
The tweet came just hours after multiple news networks confirmed the 41-year-old All-Star was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles, earlier on Sunday.
Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
Twitter users quickly responded:
You can’t even get this right.., 5 people were confirmed dead…
— Sarah Lima (@LittleLima22) January 26, 2020
Sit this one out.https://t.co/Tvxd4UDDs5
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 26, 2020
"4 others"… but what do you expect from a guy that just finished rage tweeting all day who can't read.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 26, 2020
That is terrible news, exacerbated by the fact that you’re still in office.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 26, 2020
Show some respect, stay off Twitter. It’s 5 people on board, including Kobe’s 13 year daughter.
— Denise Wu (@denisewu) January 26, 2020
How did you get this wrong? This info is literally plastered all over the Internet and TV right now.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 26, 2020
it was four others you failure as a human being
— Sarah Beattie (@nachosarah) January 26, 2020
This is the time for you to truly shut the fuck up.
— il padrino (@john_faidutti) January 26, 2020