At a Rally in Michigan, Donald Trump Makes Fun of the Name “Peter Meijer.”
During a rally in Michigan on Saturday, Donald Trump poked fun at the spelling and pronunciation of Rep. Peter Meijer’s last name.
Mr. Meijer, a Republican who represents Michigan’s third congressional district, has been a target of former President Barack Obama ever since he voted to impeach him for his role in the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, just days after he was sworn into Congress the previous year.
At the rally in Washington Township, Trump urged the audience to vote to remove Meijer from office in the upcoming August primary.
After that, he appeared to go off on a tangent over what he perceived to be the strange spelling of the congressman’s name, which he later clarified.
Donald Trump described the individual as “a guy whose name is spelled Meyer, but they pronounce it Meyer.” “What in the world kind of spelling is that?
He went on to say: “What the hell is the proper way to pronounce this guy’s name, I inquired? Nobody knows whether or not he has accomplished anything in Washington… I inquired as to how you pronounce his given name: is it MA-GER or MY-GER? They claimed that it is MY-ER. How in the world do you get MY-ER out of this situation?”
Most Michigan locals, on the other hand, are likely to be familiar with the spelling and pronunciation of Meijer, whose family developed the Michigan-based Meijer superstore chain that is popular throughout the Midwestern United States.
In spite of the fact that Meijer is the grandson of the firm’s founder, Frederik Meijer, Forbes reports that he has never worked for the company other than stocking shelves and collecting carts.
On Twitter, people were eager to point out that Trump was out of touch with the people of Michigan.
The Democratic state representative from Michigan, Mari Manoogian, joked on Twitter that “just wait till he finds out we name the business “Meijer’s” and not Meijer.”
Jennifer Mercieca, a political rhetoric historian, published the following: “Meijer is a name that every single person in Michigan knows how to say. Meijers is known as the “HEB of Michigan,” and it is beloved by all.
An example of ad hominem failure was written by journalist Brad Polumbo, who wondered “How out of touch with Michigan do you have to be to not know how to say “Meijer”?”
Priti Kothari, a television production professional, wrote the following: “It’s pronounced MY-ER, and the Meijer family is considered to be nearly royalty in the state of Western Michigan.
They established a grocery store empire and are credited with the creation of gorgeous botanical gardens, a state park, and hiking trails. What an embarrassment for Trump and his illiterate crowd. I’m truly sorry, @RepMeijer.”
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Adding his voice was Todd Hagopian of the Libertarian Party “Meijer is the fifth-largest employer in Michigan and is widely considered to be the top grocery store in the Midwest. It’s likely that’s why no one laughed at the time.”
James Surowiecki, a journalist, and novelist published the following: “In fact, Trump has never even set foot in a Meijer supermarket. He hasn’t even heard of one before now. Indeed, it’s likely that he’s never ever visited a Walmart. His position as tribune of the people, however, is unquestionable.”
Others pointed out that Trump’s German forebears used to go by the surname Drumpf before changing their surname to Trump, which is a coincidence. Jonah Blank described the author’s response as “kind of a strange comment from a person whose family name was originally spelled ‘Drumpf’.”
It was written by Mehdi Hasan on MSNBC that “a descendent of a man who changed his name from Drumpf to Trump” said this.
An inquiry has been made to Peter Meijer’s office for comment.