If you’re an Oklahoma City resident over the age of 35, it’s virtually impossible to forget where you were at 9:02am on the bright and clear morning of April 19th, 1995.
Or, in the case of Kevin Stitt, where you were at 9:02am on April 19th, 1999.
Yesterday, I had a bunch of people send me this screenshot of a Facebook post that was apparently shared by Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. It shows the Governor, First Lady, and Mayor Holt at a memorial ceremony to honor and remember the victims and survivors of the Murrah bombing:
Yep, April 19th, 1999. I know Stitt’s Communications She-Troll Carly Atchison likes to stick it to the Oklahoma people on social media, but doesn’t this take things too far?! I hate to see what she has planned to remember the, uhm, May 3rd, 2009 tornado.
Actually, I’m just joking around.
I don’t even think Carly is evil enough to intentionally get the date of the bombing wrong. I doubt she knew anyone who died in the Murrah Building, attended the Memorial at the State Fairgrounds, or drove around with her headlights on in the afternon during the weeks following the bombing, so the date isn’t as etched in her mind as it is for me or hundreds of thousands of other Oklahomans. I’m sure this was just an innocent typo or mistake.
Well, unless Carly hired Connie Chung to run the Governor’s social media account. Then it was likely very intentional.
Whatever the reason, apparently the gaffe wasn’t online very long. It looks like Stitt’s team deleted the post entirely to remove the edit history, and then reshared it with an additional copy…
I would ask Carly Atchison for more details about the post – like who made the mistake, if it’s even real, etc. – but remember, she won’t work with me:
While Stitt was getting the dates of the Murrah Bombing wrong, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt thought it would be fun to share the full text of the speech he gave at the memorial in a Twitter thread.
The speech itself was rather forgettable and self-aggrandizing more than anything else, but the local Twiterati latched onto one out-of-context passage where McSelfie said we must put in the hard work to find common ground with people we disagree with, which, naturally, they interpreted as finding common ground with diabolical and delusional murderers who want to blow up buildings with men, women and children inside them.
I hate sticking up for politicians who are fishing for attention only to then have their words misinterpreted but come on Twitterati. He wasn’t saying you’re supposed to find common ground with the Tim McVeighs and Terry Nichols of the world. Just the Trump-supporting right-wing folks who share the same anti-government views as the Tim McVeighs and Terry Nichols of the world. Big difference.