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Trump Tweets About Wrong Mass Shooting, Deletes Tweet

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The communications strategy of the 45th president of the United States is notoriously erratic, off-the-cuff and, of course, Twitter-centric (and egocentric). Occasionally, though, President Trump's tweets can sound almost quasi-presidential, which has led various media observers to presume that sometimes they're ghost-written. For instance, at 11:34 p.m. last night, Trump tweeted thoughts-and-prayers-type sentiments about a community affected by a mass shooting:

May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived.

[UPDATE: The tweet has been deleted. I've replaced the tweet embed above with the verbatim text of the deleted tweet. The headline of this post has also been updated to note the deletion.]

The only problem is that the shooting in Sutherland Springs, at the First Baptist Church there, happened on Nov. 5. The most recent mass shooting happened Tuesday morning in Rancho Tehama, California; four people were killed and at least 10 were injured.

So either Trump is confused or his social media helper is confused—but either way, clearly there is zero quality control surrounding @realDonaldTrump, even when the account is in playacting-presidential mode.

Trump actually tweeted very similar sentiments about Sutherland Springs the day after the shooting there:

That similarity has the Twittersphere speculating about the mechanics of @realDonaldTrump's playacting-presidential tweeting:

UPDATE #2: As of late Wednesday morning, Trump has yet to peck out a replacement thoughts-and-prayers-type tweet for the people of Rancho Tehama, but he's still been busy tweeting:

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