From the President's Recent Call for 'Boarder Security' to 'Covfefe': Donald Trump's Worst Typos
When President Donald Trump isn’t busy tweeting about the Robert Mueller investigation with demands for a “major Counter Report,” he’s tweeting about his border wall — this time, with a major spelling error.
“Arizona, together with our Military and Border Patrol, is bracing for a massive surge at a NON-WALLED area,” the president tweeted last week. “WE WILL NOT LET THEM THROUGH. Big danger. Nancy and Chuck must approve Boarder Security and the Wall!”
Twitter quickly noticed Trump’s error — and became grammar police once again on Monday when the president misspelled “smoking” as “smocking” twice in the same missive.
Here are some of the Trump administration’s many other misspellings:
1. An accidental reference to toilet paper
The president tweeted an attack on his former attorney Michael Cohen, who was under investigation for improper dealings while working for Trump. (Cohen has pleaded guilty twice to various charges and has provided information to the special counsel currently investigating whether people in the Trump campaign conspired with Russia’s 2016 election interference, according to the New York Times.)
” ‘Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time.’ You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?” Trump tweeted on the morning of Dec. 3. “He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get…..”
What really got people’s attention was Trump’s misspelling of the idiom “get off scot-free” in his following tweet.
Trump wrote: “….his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free. He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence.”
The response was immediate.
2. The president gets spell checked by Chris Evans
After Trump misspelled “counsel,” actor Chris Evans blasted him on Twitter.
“It’s ‘counsel’, Biff. The word is ‘counsel.’ ” wrote Evans on Aug. 20. “I was trying to comprehend how in the world a man, even as moronic as you, can misspell a word he probably reads fifty times a day. But then it dawned on me, you probably only HEAR the word. You don’t read s—. And we all know it.”
3. Confusing “role” for “roll”
In May 2018, Trump stunned the nation when he confirmed he reimbursed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen for the payout to Stormy Daniels — even as the commander in chief continued to deny he had a sexual relationship with the porn star.
As the public digested that bombshell, many social media users also homed in on a notable misspelling near the end of his tweet-storm.
“Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction,” Trump wrote.
Twitter, of course, couldn’t get enough.
4. Guests to this year’s State of the Union address received an invitation with one (seemingly) obvious error: It was written as the State of the “Uniom.”
5. His personal lawyer’s “predisential” typo
In a statement following former FBI director James Comey’s testimony last year, Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, misspelled the most of obvious of words: president. He instead spelled it “predisent,” in large type, at the very top of the page. He did go on to spell president correctly throughout the rest of the statement.
6. The Department of Education’s W.E.B. Du Bois flub
The Department of Education caught a lot of flack on Twitter for misspelling the name of NAACP co-founder and activist W.E.B. Du Bois — as “DeBois” — while quoting him.
7. “Loose” vs. “lose”
During his presidential campaign, Trump tweeted that Ted Cruz would “loose” to Hillary Clinton in the then-future general election. And as the tweet was not deleted and corrected after the fact, it’s unclear whether Trump ever realized his error.
In December 2016, Trump tweeted: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act.”
This misspelling of the word unprecedented caused such a stir that The Guardian named “unpresidented” the word of the year. It took Trump (or his staffers) an hour to delete the tweet and correct the spelling.
Merriam-Webster took some time to comment on the matter, too.
9. A post-inauguration fumble
Not exactly starting off on the right spelling foot, Trump tweeted the day after his inauguration: “I am honered to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States.”
He’d previously misspelled the word honor after a February 2016 debate, when he tweeted: “Wow, every poll said I won the debate last night. Great honer!”
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10. The case of the missing “o” on his inaugural poster
On an official poster released to mark his inauguration, the message read: “No dream is too big, no challenge is to great,” missing the extra “o” in the second “too.” The poster was later removed from the Library of Congress website.
11. The terror attack list that misspelled “attacker”
In February, the White House released a list of 78 terrorist attacks, saying that they were “under-reported.” And in more than one place, the word “attacker” was missing its “C.”
12. Theresa or Teresa?
The United States and the United Kingdom share a “special relationship,” as Trump himself has said. But apparently not so special that his office was able to correctly spell Prime Minister Theresa May’s name.
A release from Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s office spelled her name “Teresa” — three times. Making it even more awkward is that “Teresa May” is the name of a former soft-porn actress, who is also British.
13. “Peach” on earth
Ahead of a trip to Israel, another official White House statement said that Trump hoped the visit would “promote the possibility of lasting peach.” Somehow, we doubt he was talking about the country’s fruit crops.
No one is quite sure if this one was a misspelling, or simply the invention of a new word. But there’s no denying that since “covfefe” was introduced into the American vernacular, it’s been a topic of conversation. As for the meaning?
Well, Trump says that’s for us to figure out.
15. The wire “tapp.”
In a still-live tweet, Trump accused former President Barack Obama of “tapp”-ing his phones during the election, with an extra P on the end of the word “tap.”
16. He spelled Karen Handel’s name wrong.
During the special election for Georgia’s sixth congressional district, Trump tweeted out a message of support for Republican candidate Karen Handel — except he spelled it “Handle.”
In a now-deleted tweet, Trump wrote: “Karen Handle’s opponent in #GA06 can’t even vote in the district he wants to represent….”
17. “Our nation will heel” — twice.
In a tweet published last August, Trump said that the country needed to “heel” its division. The erroneous spelling occurred twice in the tweet.
He deleted the original tweet and reposted within a few minutes.
18. There, their or they’re?
Trump also mixed up the words “there” and “their” and “too” and “to” in early morning tweets defending his varying tones in speeches he delivered on Afghanistan at a rally last summer in Phoenix and at an American Legion convention in Reno, Nevada.
“The Fake News is now complaining about my different types of back to back speeches. Well, their was Afghanistan (somber), the big Rally…..” Trump wrote, before continuing, “..(enthusiastic, dynamic and fun) and the American Legion – V.A. (respectful and strong). To bad the Dems have no one who can change tones!”
The errors were quickly spotted and mocked online.
As he has in the past, Trump later deleted the original tweets and reposted each with the correct spelling.
Because, alas, Twitter still does not have an edit button.