Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) really stepped in it when he incorrectly referred to the capital of Turkey as Istanbul on Twitter while promoting a House vote to denounce the violence committed against demonstrators outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington last month.
At least 11 people were wounded in the clash, which took place on May 16; the same day that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Trump at the White House.
“The blame for this assault lies with the Turkish government alone,” Ryan tweeted out on Tuesday. “I urge Istanbul to finally accept responsibility for this egregious incident and apologize to those who were harmed.”
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 6, 2017
Twitter users immediately jumped on the man’s mistake, pointing out that the capital of Turkey is Ankara, not Istanbul. Like a child in middle school, he was mocked to the hilt.
It took them weeks to make any kind of statement at all and then they got it wrong. 🙄
— Maria Langer 🚁 (@mlanger) June 7, 2017
Ryan’s bi-partisan resolution called for those Turkish security officials who took part in attacking demonstrators in front of the ambassador’s home to be charged and prosecuted under U.S. law.
The speaker’s gaffe was eventually corrected on the House website.
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