A sampling of his long, shameful history of screwing up spelling.
As we know, there are very few mechanisms in place to keep Donald Trump from going directly to Twitter with whatever thought pops in his head, be it a profound misunderstanding of how international diplomacy works or just a few words to talk smack about whoever disagrees with him.
We’ve seen that not only does this lead to some logically baffling and/or completely inane and petty posts, but it also means that very few get proofread, leading to his famous spelling of “unprecedented” as the hopefully Freudian “unpresidented” that was tweeted in regards to China’s action that was either without precedent or without president, depending on which spelling you’d like to accept.
Trump pulled the tweet, but it took an hour and a half to do so, meaning that it’s been captured for posterity’s sake:
Trump deleted it, but not before I saved it. Freudian slip? We can all hope he, too, soon will be "unpresidented."… https://t.co/s8lnh1z7w0— George Takei (@George Takei) 1481983475.0
Sure, we’d like to think that such a grave spelling error can’t just be blamed on autocorrect since “unpresidented” isn’t actually a word, but Trump and his Twitter-happy fingers have a history of ruining the English language just about any way he can.
In fact, this Mediaite piece chronicles a day back in February when Trump couldn’t seem to spell correctly to save his life.
Take a look at some other words the most powerful man in the world had a difficult time spelling during his blackout-induced Twitter sprees:
Dummer vs. Dumber
When you call someone dumb, try not to create your own phonetic spelling of the word. It really takes the sting out of the message.
Phoneix vs. Phoenix
I will admit that silent “e” can be tricky. But that’s why you read your tweets before sending them and ask questions like, “Did I spell all the words right?” and “Will sending this out further solidify my station as a terrible, petty human being?”
Loose vs. Lose
Ted Cruz is totally unelectable, if he even gets to run (born in Canada). Will loose big to Hillary. Polls show I beat Hillary easily! WIN!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1454245585.0
This one, while (somewhat) understandable, is generally a sign that a person isn’t reading as much as they should in order to learn the difference between similar words. Given his grasp of grammar, it’s a safe bet that Trump isn’t a voracious reader unless it’s a magazine with him on the cover.
Big Shoker vs. Big Shocker
Wow, the highly respected Governor of Iowa just stated that "Ted Cruz must be defeated." Big shoker! People do not like Ted.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1453229271.0
As much as Trump loves to slam people on Twitter, it would behoove him to do a quick read-through of his missives before posting. Nothing ruins a good personal attack (or a joke for that matter) like screwing up the spelling of some commonly used word.
Rediciulous vs. Ridiculous
Sadly, this tweet was caught in time after it was fired off at CNN, reporting on Trump severing ties to “The Apprentice” to focus on presidential duties. I’m not sure what’s quite so ridiculous about shedding a reality show to serve your nation, but Trump seems to know exactly how “rediculous” the notion is.
Payed vs. Paid
All of the phony T.V. commercials against me are bought and payed for by SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, the bandits that tell your pols what to do— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1457319269.0
The English language can be really tricky. That’s why maybe Trump should stop trying to use it until he’s able to become a little proficient in his understanding of its ins and outs.
Honer vs. Honor
Anyone surprised that this guy might have some difficulty wrapping his head around “honor”?
Leighweight vs. Lightweight (three times!)
After the Feb. 25 primary, Trump took to Twitter to slam everyone who wasn’t him, focusing on Marco Rubio. He called Marco Rubio a “chocker” instead of a choker in the first tweet.
He then doubled down on the creative spelling in his appraisal of Ted Cruz and Rubio’s performance, stating, “Lying Ted Cruz and leightweight chocker Marco Rubio teamed up last night in a last ditch effort to stop our great movement. They failed!”
Barack Obama’s name only has one ‘r’
The dying @NRO National Review has totally given up the fight against Barrack Obama. They have been losing for years. I will beat Hillary!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1453495654.0
Just another desperate move by the man who should have easily beaten Barrack Obama. (2/2)— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1456961653.0
When you’re firing up a good ad hominem attack, you don’t want to slow down the rage train for a cursory spellcheck, so forgetting how to spell the president’s name, even when you’re running for the office, is bound to happen.
As usual this behavior in a vacuum would be just a one-off embarrassment or novelty, but when it’s de rigueur from the incoming leader of the nation, it’s troubling because it indicates he’s probably just not that smart and, perhaps more importantly, it shows he really doesn’t think before firing off, which — as the below tweet conveys perfectly — might just be the death of us.