Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post documents various mostly lighthearted comments and tweets that were written in response to one of United States President Trump's gaffes* during a September 2017 United Nations luncheon with leaders of several African nations.
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*I found another comment that Trump made at that same luncheon -that "I've so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich, I congratulate you." - to be far more serious and disturbing than the probably mispronunciation of an African nation's name. Click https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/20/trump-congratulates-african-leaders-for-making-his-friends-rich.html for an article about that statement.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE "NAMBIA" GAFFE TRUMP MADE DURING THE AFRICAN LEADERS LUNCHEON
"President Trump mispronounced the name of a southern African country in a meeting with African leaders in New York City Wednesday.
“In Guinea and Nigeria you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak,” Trump said at the luncheon during the U.N. General Assembly. “Nambia’s health system is increasingly sufficient.”
The country’s name is Namibia. A White House pool report said the President was referring to Namibia."...
From http://people.com/politics/donald-trump-nambia-gaffe/ "Donald Trump Refers to the Nonexistent Country of Nambia and the Tweets Are Practically Writing Themselves" by Kathy Ehrich, posted on September 20, 2017
"President Donald Trump mistakenly referred to the African nation of Namibia as Nambia in a speech on Wednesday — and social media users were quick to pounce on the gaffe.
“Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient,” Trump said at a working luncheon with African leaders. Earlier, he can also be heard mistakenly referring to “Nambia” in his opening remarks.
The White House later clarified in an official transcript that the president was referring to Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, according to The Hill.
Even so, Twitter users were quick to hone in on the error, making jokes and teasing the president for making yet another blunder.
Trump has often been criticized for his gaffes and misspellings, including time he tweeted the nonsense word “covfefe.”
One Twitter user hearkened back to that much-mocked error, joking that “Covfefe is the unofficial beverage of Nambia.”
Why did Trump try to praise "Namibia's health system? Here's some information about that Southern African nation's health system:
"Namibia Health Plan (NHP) was established in 1995 to provide a world class, uniquely Namibian medical aid plan to help cover medical costs.
Since then, NHP has grown rapidly to become one of the largest medical aid funds in our country, providing for the healthcare needs of more than 54,000 beneficiaries. We are also the first choice for Namibians as shown by the results of the PMR Africa surveys where NHP was presented with the Diamond Arrow award for excellence in the medical aid industry in Namibia for six consecutive years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015). NHP was also nominated the most efficient medical aid fund by healthcare providers in 2014."...
SOME OF THE FICTIONAL NATIONS MENTIONED IN THESE COMMENTS
(given in alphabetical order)
NAMBIA - a fictional African nation referred to by Trump was probably a mispronunciation of the name of the Southern African nation of "Namibia". The names of the African nations of "Gambia" and "Zambia" also sound like the word "Nambia".
"The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and originally published in London between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film.
Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world."...
"Wakanda is a fictional nation appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is the most prominent of several fictional Bantu African nations in the Marvel Universe, and it is home to the superhero Black Panther. Wakanda first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Wakanda is located in Northeastern Africa, although its exact location has varied throughout the nation's publication history: some sources place Wakanda in East Africa, just north of Tanzania, while others - such as Marvel Atlas #2 - show it bordering Lake Turkana, near Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia (and surrounded by fictional countries like Azania, Canaan, and Narobia). In the Captain America: Civil War movie, Wakanda was shown on a map at the northern end of Lake Turkhana, at a fictional point bordering Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya.
The Wakandan royal line began with Bashenga, an ancient Wakandan whose first and only appearance was in Black Panther vol. 1 #7 (Jan 1978). Bashenga was supposedly the first king of unified Wakanda, and the first Black Panther some 10,000 years ago.
In the distant past, a massive meteorite made up of the sound-absorbing mineral vibranium crashed in Wakanda, and is unearthed a generation before the events of the present-day. T'Challa, the current Black Panther, is the son of T'Chaka, the Black Panther before him and a descendant of Bashenga. Knowing that others would attempt to manipulate and dominate Wakanda for this rare and valuable resource, T'Chaka conceals his country from the outside world. He sells off minute amounts of the valuable vibranium while surreptitiously sending the country's best scholars to study abroad, consequently turning Wakanda into one of the world's most technologically advanced nations. Eventually, however, the explorer Ulysses Klaw finds his way to Wakanda, and covers up his work on a vibranium-powered, sound-based weapon. When exposed, Klaw kills T'Chaka, only to see his "sound blaster" turned on him by a grieving teenaged T'Challa. Klaw's right hand is destroyed, and he and his men flee."...
"Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. It is filmed in Belfast and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain, and the United States. The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and its seventh season ended on August 27, 2017. The series will conclude with its eighth season in 2018 or 2019.
Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, Game of Thrones has several plot lines and a large ensemble cast but centers on three primary story arcs."
Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire for more information about "Westeros:.
ZAMUNDA- The fictional African nation featured in the 1988 American movie Coming To America.
"Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Landis, and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and John Amos. The film was released in the United States on June 29, 1988. Eddie Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who comes to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry. The film spawned a brief U.S. television spin-off series."
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-origins-meanings-of-jaffe-joffer.html for the 2014 pancocojams post entitled "The Origins & Meanings Of "Jaffe Joffer" & Other Names From "Coming To America" (with videos)".
Also, click http://madamenoire.com/188391/bet-you-didnt-know-secrets-behind-the-making-of-coming-to-america/3/ for other suppositions about the source/s of the name "Zamunda".
OTHER GAFFES THAT ARE MENTIONED IN SOME OF TRUMP'S COMMENTS
From http://www.npr.org/2016/01/18/463528847/citing-two-corinthians-trump-struggles-to-make-the-sale-to-evangelicals "Citing 'Two Corinthians,' Trump Struggles To Make The Sale To Evangelicals", January 18, 2016
...There were a few stumbles during Donald Trump's sojourn to Liberty University on Monday.
He mispronounced a book of the Bible. He cursed — twice. And on Martin Luther King Day, the GOP presidential candidate said he was honoring the slain civil-rights leader by dedicating to him the record crowds he says he drew for the school's opening convocation. (Students are required to attend.)
"We're going to protect Christianity. I can say that. I don't have to be politically correct," he thundered at the beginning of his speech at the conservative evangelical university.
Then he moved on to cite "Two Corinthians 3:17, that's the whole ballgame. ... Is that the one you like?" Trump asked. "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
That's a verse that's etched on campus buildings, but that verse comes from "Second Corinthians" — not "Two."
Students in the room snickered and laughed, and advisers to two of Trump's top rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, were quick to point out the gaffe on Twitter."...
A number of people mentioned the word "covfefe" in their tweets or comments about Trump's "Nambia" gaffe.
Here's information about "covfefe:
"On May 31, 2017, Trump sent out a tweet that read, in its entirety, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe". The tweet was deleted only hours after its posting. It immediately went viral, becoming an Internet meme and a source of widespread jokes. The tweet was liked and retweeted over a hundred thousand times, making it one of the most popular tweets of 2017 to that date, as people speculated on the meaning of the word "covfefe". About five hours later, Trump deleted it and sent out another one, asking people what they thought "covfefe" could mean".
A few of the comments that were written in response to this latest gaffe [i.e. mispronouncing the name of an African nation at a luncheon with African leaders] also referred to Trump's referring to 19th century African American orator and activist Frederick Douglass as though he were still living: on February 1, 2017: In a televised speech honoring Black History Month, United States President Trump described Frederick Douglass as "someone who has done a terrific job that is being recognized by more and more people, I notice".
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-self-resurrection-of-frederick.html for a Part III of a three part pancocojams series about Frederick Douglass. Part III includes examples from a twitter page that is supposedly hosted by a "resurrected" Frederick Douglass.
THE BOWLING GREEN MASSACRE
Some commenters also mentioned the gaffe that Trump's spokesperson Kelly Anne Conway made about a massacre in Bowling Green which never happened - "The Bowling Green massacre is a fictitious incident alluded to by U.S. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway in interviews with Cosmopolitan and TMZ on January 29, 2017, and in an interview on the MSNBC news program Hardball with Chris Matthews on February 2, 2017. Conway cited it as justification for a travel and immigration ban from seven Muslim-majority countries enacted by United States President Donald Trump. However, no such massacre occurred"... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_Green_massacre
SELECTED COMMENTS ABOUT TRUMP'S NAMBIA GAFFE
From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-hosts-african-leaders-un-nambia_us_59c2b29fe4b0c90504fb0cfe?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009 Trump To African Leaders: My Friends Go To Your Countries To Get Rich He also praised Africa’s non-existent nation of Nambia, By Jesselyn Cook, 9/20/2017 [Selected comments]-all from 9/20/2017]
1. Fred Arcala
"We should try it improve our relations with Zamunda...they’re like super rich and would be a great place for one of president the Donald’s golf courses or towers."
2. Skam XChapman
"Prince Akeem Joffer is the longest serving African leader."
3. Brian Board
"How is his wife doing? She moved pretty far to be with him."
4. Heather Mazza
"Open up a McDowell's"
5. Heather Mazza
"Start a new Soul Glo line"
6. Sigrid Coulthurst ·
"I'm sure Wakanda would be a better option."
7. Peter Oelbaum ·
"ladies and gentlemen give it up for Sexual Chocolate."
8. Linge Ndabambi ·
"I think it's actually south of Zemunda landlocked by Pandora."
9. Rhiannon Mills ·
"Take a left at the wardrobe, pass Narnia, and first stop on the right is Nambia, where covfefe grows wild."
10. Suzanne Whitney
"Surely Trump knows that the finest healthcare in the entire world is in Munchkinland! Who doesn't know this?"
11. Will Roane ·
"I certainly hope he opens trade with Wakanda. Just think of the benefits of the Vibranium rights alone!"
12. Cindy Godet
"He'll be reading the awesome Bible book of 2 Corinthians while visiting Nambia and drinking a nice hot cup of Covfefe!"
13. Brenda Garrett ·
"I wouldn't be surprised if he doubled down and says there really is a place. The capitol city is Covfefe."
14. Gerry Huffpo
"Nambia must be when thry speak Covfefe...."
15. Stuart Tarleton ·
"Namibia is south of Angola on the south west coast of Africa. Nambia is it's small more affluent brother and it is close to Nevernever land."
16. David Acheson ·
"And it's just south of Mordor."
17. Everett Vann Eberhardt ·
"Bordered by Zemunda, whose King, James Earl Jones, and Crown Prince, Eddie Murphy, missed his big U.N. speech."
18. Daniel Villa ·
"I was waiting for him to make a reference to Tarzan and Jane for letting him stay with them while he's there.."
19. Ken D. Blackwell ·
"Could be worse. He could’ve referenced Wakanda."
20. Juskin Mitchell
"Don't give him ideas. He might invade them to get the vibranium."
21. Greg Weiner ·
"Yeah and Wakanda has great resources of Vibranium dude. Check it out. Totally real."
22. Wade Lance ·
"Two Corinthians walk into a bar in Nambia…"
23. Christian Hinrichs ·
"Is the capital of Nambia not Bowling Green?
24. Brian Lesyk ·
"According to Two Corinthians, Nambia was an ancient country which bordered Covfefe."
25. Tricia Lynn
"At least he didn't say Zamunda....."
26. Dustin Narcisse ·
"I saw Nambia on the Game of Thrones map during the opening credits"
27. Meryl Vincenzo ·
"Nambia is where they grow corfefe."
28. Oleg Slivnyak ·
"I remember that not long ago Nambia was at war with Covfefe. Well, look at both of them now..."
29. David Earl Williams III ·
"He enjoys having his covefefe in Nambia 😂"
30. Rick Darrington ·
"I think he probably meant “Narnia!”😉😂"
31. Dana Brewer Harris
"Frederick Douglass is in Nambia right now."
32. Cecelia Thomas ·
"He probably just wants to meet the Prince of Zamunda!"
33. Marty Grifka
"Then he can go get covfefe at wakanda and watch the pink panther premiere"
34. Camille Dickinson
"That's where all those emails from African Princes come from...."
35. Lee Reed
"The covfefe mines in Nambia?"
36. Sanjeev Madhav
"Wait! He forgot to mention Westeros! Yuge mistake!!! Complete covfefe!"
SELECTED TWEETS ABOUT TRUMP'S NAMBIA GAFFE
Julie Lynn @bellafortunate Sep 20
Nambia, the world's top producer of covfefe.
Tony Groeblinghoff @groeblbubble Sep 20
Was #Nambia responsible for the #Bowlinggreen massacre? We may never #Covfefe
Rainbow Doom @RobinCook Sep 20
Frederick Douglass was ambassador to Nambia. This has been brought to you by Alternative Facts Theater.
Jillian Leyba @jillianfuqua Sep 20
Replying to @groeblbubble @JoyAnnReid
I think #Nambia is also where Frederick Douglass is living these days.
Tony Groeblinghoff @groeblbubble Sep 20
Many people don't know this but Obama is from Nambia as well.
Tony Groeblinghoff @groeblbubble Sep 20
That would explain why no Nambians were at the YUGE inauguration ceremony for Trump.
YS @NYinLA2121 Sep 20
You guys shouldn’t make fun of Nambia.
Without Nambia, we would not have any covfeve.
bad Trini @LSAT62 Sep 20
Thank God he didn't have to say "Niger". #Nambia
Tony PosnanskiVerified account @tonyposnanski Sep 20
Say what you want but #Nambia makes the best damn cup of Covfefe this side of Bowling Green.
TheRealManface @Mr_Manface Sep 22
Things to do in #Nambia
1. Find it
Here are two more tweets that were written in response to Trump's Nambia gaffe:
From http://people.com/politics/donald-trump-nambia-gaffe/ Donald Trump Refers to the Nonexistent Country of Nambia and the Tweets Are Practically Writing Themselves; by Kathy Ehrich, September 29, 2017
Footage of the Prince of #Nambia leaving the @UN after meeting with @realDonaldTrump. // @KagroX @dailykos
2:43 PM - Sep 20, 2017
This tweet included a gif of "Prince Akeem" from a clip of the 1988 Coming To America movie.
Benjamin Siemon ✔@BenjaminJS
Nambia doesn't exist and already has better health care than we're about to get from Republicans.
3:01 PM - Sep 20, 2017
ADDENDUM- SELECTED COMMENTS THAT MENTION NAMBIA FROM 9/24/2017 ARTICLE
POLITICS 09/24/2017 07:59 pm ET "Trump Issues New Travel Ban That Now Includes North Korea And Venezuela"
The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18, broadens the scope of the ban from Muslim-majority countries.
by Jeff Mason and Phil Stewart
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided by critics and challenged in court.
Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia were left on the list of affected countries in a new proclamation issued by the president. Restrictions on citizens from Sudan were lifted.”...
Here are a few selected comments from that article*. All of these comments are from September 24, 2017; numbers for referencing purposes only)
*Note that there were other comments that referred to Nambia.
1. Patty Taylor Dutcher ·
"But what about Nambia? Where can we get our covfefe?"
2. Benita Cassell
"If you ask Fredrick Douglass he will bring some back the next time he visits Nambia."
3. Carolyn R Parsons Chaffey ·
"What about Nambia? Any travel ban issued there? Makes about as much sense as the rest."
4. Mike Clark ·
"I suppose that travel ban also includes Nambia and Coveffe?"
5. Catherine Race-Kelly
"If he didn't include Nambia and Confefe, why bother?!"
6. Jack Goodwin ·
"What about Nambia and Narnia? I'm really concerned about immigrants from there"
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