Trump Pronounces Yosemite as ‘Yo Semites’

Twitter users responded with various jokes on the matter.
August 4, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 04: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for the Great American Outdoors Act in the East Room of the White House on August 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. The new public lands law aims to fix crumbling national park infrastructure and permanently fund The Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump pronounced Yosemite National Park as “Yo Semites” during a signing ceremony on Aug. 4, sparking a series of jokes on Twitter.

Trump was announcing the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, which will provide $9.5 billion to maintain national parks.

“We want every American child to have access to pristine outdoor spaces, when young Americans experience the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, when their eyes widen in amazement as Old Faithful burst into the sky, when they gaze upon Yo Semites,’ yo-seminites’, towering Sequoias, their love of country grows stronger,” Trump said.


Twitter users immediately churned out jokes on the matter.

“He said ‘yo-Semites,’ to which we say ‘Hi!’” The Forward tweeted, linking to a parody rap lyrics on the matter. Among the lyrics, which were based in part on Coolio’s “Gangsta Paradise,” were: “We’ve been spending most of our lives living like yo-Semites /Wearing the t-shirt right living like yo-Semites / Those national parks are tight when you’re a yo-Semite.”

Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Ron Kampeas also tweeted parody lyrics on the gaffe.

“Yo Semites, So, Semites, when you gonna Go, Semites, listen up to Mo, Semites, get away from Pharoah, Semites,” he wrote.

Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro tweeted, “Yo, where my Semites at? (Hint: they are in Yosemite.)”

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