President Trump inadvertently tagged a high school student in California on Sunday instead of the intended target of his ire, Fox News' Gillian Turner

By Adam Carlson
January 29, 2019 03:21 PM
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In an uncharacteristic tweet earlier this week criticizing Fox News, President Donald Trump made a very characteristic mistake: He misspelled part of his message, inadvertently tagging a random high school student in California instead of the intended target of his ire, correspondent Gillian Turner.

According to screenshots, while he was trying to tag Fox News’ John Roberts and Turner, Trump initially wrote on Sunday: “Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @jillianTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC! Look to final results!”

He later deleted the tweet and rewrote it, tagging the correct person — but not before the Internet took notice.

“Somewhere on Earth, someone who shares a name with a Fox News anchor (but spells it differently) is going to never look at her mentions again,” Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim wrote alongside the initial Trump tweet.

Jillian Turner chimed in, too. Responding to another tweet about the mixup, she wrote: “SO THAT HAPPENED.”

“Like how does that even happen,” she wrote in another tweet. “One in a million chance.”

According to reports and Turner’s social media profiles, she is a high schooler from Northern California — far from a TV news reporter. (She did not respond to a request for an interview from PEOPLE.)

The president has a history of misspellings and other minor gaffes on Twitter, which is his most frequent method of communicating with the American people.

Most recently, in a sarcastic message dismissing the threat of global warming, he called it global “waming” instead.

Trump’s Turner mixup was apparently incited by a Fox discussion about his decision on Friday to back down over a monthlong government shutdown. He agreed to temporarily end the funding freeze amid ongoing negotiations about border security, which he insists — despite Congressional objection — must include a Mexican border wall.