No, you didn’t miss anything. Ben Roethlisberger is still the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback.
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Bruce Castor, however, seems to think he is Georgia’s Secretary of State.
During Trump’s second impeachment trial on Friday afternoon, Castor accidentally mixed Big Ben up with the actual Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
"Georgia Secretary of State Ben Roethlisberger" pic.twitter.com/8CqLqvkB9a
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) February 12, 2021
Castor, of course, was referencing the infamous phone call that Trump made to Raffensperger on Jan. 2 to pressure him to “find” enough votes to overturn the election results. Prosecutors in Georgia have since opened a criminal inquiry into the phone call, according to The New York Times.
Now, in Castor’s defense, the two names are extremely similar. Speaking gaffes happen all the time, and it isn’t a big deal.
The difference in Roethlisberger’s and Raffensperger's professions, though, couldn’t be further apart.
That’s part of why those watching the trial from home had plenty of jokes to make about the slip.
I’ve butchered some names on TV. Have yet to do it in an impeachment trial. May never, as a matter of fact. But this is a tremendous gaffe. https://t.co/n1RaTN4d9G
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2021
I was in my car for “Ben Roethlisberger” and almost drove off the road!!
— Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will_Bunch) February 12, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger has been very busy and that explains the Steelers season.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 12, 2021
I had no idea Ben Roethlisberger was involved. Talk about burying the lede!
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) February 12, 2021
Can’t really blame Ben Roethlisberger for not being a great playoff QB when he has to manage elections on his off days. https://t.co/KZ07ffanAF
— Jessy Han (@hjessy_) February 12, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger finding out why he’s trending: pic.twitter.com/oTc7q1PyZw
— Phil Murphy (@Phil_Sports) February 12, 2021
Suddenly, America is paying attention to the #TrumpImpeachmentTrial...
and Ben Roethlisberger's second half of the season makes sense now. He was distracted. Big time.
— Keith Malinak (last fan standing) (@KeithMalinak) February 12, 2021
Ben Roethlisberger. Dear God these guys are inept.
— Chris D. Jackson (@ChrisDJackson) February 12, 2021
The defense rests. The offense is Ben Roethlisberger.
— Michael Shure (@michaelshure) February 12, 2021
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