Trump mispronounces ‘Yosemite’ at White House event

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The event was supposed to be a historic signing ceremony for a conservation bill to provide billions of dollars to national parks — a rare bipartisan effort that White House officials hoped would boost the teetering re-election campaigns of several Republican senators.

But Donald Trump sparked a gusher of attention instead on social media Tuesday when he mispronounced the name of California’s most famous national park during remarks he read from a script, calling it ‘Yo-se-MIGHT’ in stead of ‘Yo-sem-i-tee.’

“When young Americans experience the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, when their eyes widen in amazement as Old Faithful bursts into the sky, when they gaze upon Yosemite’s — Yosemite’s towering sequoias, their love of country grows stronger and they know that every American has truly a duty to preserve this wondrous inheritance,” Trump said.

Not only did the president get it wrong the first time, when he attempted to correct it, he added a syllable, calling the park “YO-se-min-NIGHT.”

President Trump speaks about Yosemite and the Grand Canyon in remarks about national parks

— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 4, 2020

The gaffe and its reaction recalled Trumps’s visit to California in 2018 to tour the damage from the Camp Fire in Butte County when he told state officials that they needed to rake the floors of California’s forests to reduce fire risk, something he said residents of Finland do. That remark drew similar mockery and overshadowed the White House message.

More than 4 million people a year, and many U.S. presidents — including Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt — have visited Yosemite National Park, which was first set aside for protection in 1864 by Republican Abraham Lincoln. Trump has not.

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His apparent unfamiliarity with one of the nation’s most legendary sites drew a quick reaction.

The president can pronounce hydroxychloroquine, but not Yosemite.

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 4, 2020

At WH event this morning the sitting US President, Donald J. Trump pronounced “Yosemite” (as in national park)

as “Yo-Semite” (as in Jewish persons)

No woman. No black man. Certainly no woman of color could EVER get away with this incompetent, ignorant, embarrassing idiocy.

— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) August 4, 2020

Imagine if Joe Biden pronounced “Yosemite” like this. Republicans would go mad.

— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) August 4, 2020

tfw you’re the president and don’t know how to pronounce “Yosemite”

— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) August 4, 2020

Yo-Semite Sam wants you to know Rosh Hashanah is September 18th!

— Hank “1/100th” Epton (@HankEpton) August 4, 2020

Yo-SEMITE Sam thinks them there is fight’n words!

— JustTheFactsWest (@jingo_west) August 4, 2020

Yes, when I was six years old, I thought Yosemite Sam’s name was pronounced that way. I had never heard of The National Park at that point. But I’m pretty sure that if I had to made a speech to my first …read more

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