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Spell Much? Tweets Go After Twump's Issues With Orthography

04/03/2017 3:52 PM AEDT
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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Just when Donald Trump was trying to sound really indignant and presidential about Democrats’ meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin years ago, along comes that pesky word “hereby,” which the president misspelled not once but twice in tweets.

He tried it as “hear by,” then replaced it with “hearby.” Both tweets were deleted and replaced with the correct spelling:

Kind of takes the sting out of the indignation. And to make matters even more poignant, Trump misspelled the word after a tweet about fixing the American education system.

But the Twitterverse absolutely loved it. So did the media. The Washington Post chortled that the misspellings could not have been more poorly timed, giving Trump his very own “is our children learning?” moment, just like President George W. Bush’s memorable blunder:

Then Twitter critics piled on.

Trump stumbled into the “hereby” mess as he was attempting to switch America’s focus from Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kisylak during the Trump campaign to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Schumer attended an event in 2003 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a New York City gas station that had recently been bought by Russia’s Lukoil. Trump also tweeted a photo of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sitting at a table with Kislyak in 2010.

Trump is known for his many misspelled tweets, apparently written in such haste that no one at the White House has time to proofread them. One of his most infamous was calling China’s taking of a Navy drone “unpresidented.”

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