By Joanna McClanahan of Ramblin’ Mama
President-elect Donald Trump just proved, once again, that his Twitter account should be wrestled away from his smaller-than-average hands.
Saturday morning Trump took to Twitter to accuse China of an “unpresidented act” [sic] regarding China’s seizure of an unmanned US Navy drone in international waters earlier this week (which China has since said it will return to the US).
Let’s not forget that this tweet has serious implications in that it further inflames US relations with China. But it’s been the typo heard around the world today.
Although Trump later published a corrected version of his tweet, Twitter was not about to let him off the hook for his seemingly-Freudian mistake:
Unpresidentedly effective. pic.twitter.com/9leL9aIei1
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 17, 2016
Don’t blame me. I voted for the woman who can spell words correctly. #unpresidented
— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) December 17, 2016
“#UnPresidented” sounds like a political drama/comedy, starring James Franco and Charlize Theron.
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) December 17, 2016
TIP: If a tweet begins with words to the effect “I’d rather have an illiterate president than” it’s safe to ignore the rest. #unpresidented
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 17, 2016
It’s totally #unpresidented having a president so smart he doesn’t need intelligence briefings but so dumb he doesn’t know how to spell.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) December 17, 2016
Too late: “unpresidented” is already the word of the year. https://t.co/VF4GRrIEes
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 17, 2016
Trump promised to tighten cyber-security, but he doesn’t even know how to use spellcheck on Twitter. #unpresidented
— Michael J. Smith (@Road_2_Ft_Worth) December 17, 2016
That sound you just heard was 10,000 future Trump biographers rushing at once to copyright the title “Unpresidented.”
— Life’s Scary Enough (@BilgeEbiri) December 17, 2016
#unpresidented You demanded Obama’s birth certificate, I in return demand written proof you passed 3rd grade.
— Terence Digan (@TerenceDigan1) December 17, 2016
When there are no previous margins to describe a president elects actions or behavior, you need a new word. #unpresidented
— NoirWoman Ad Network (@noirwomannews) November 18, 2016
unpresidented: verb; when the electoral college votes with their conscience against the anticipated president elect
— JAY [ham] KAY (@NurseMurderer) December 17, 2016
“I know words. I have the best words.”@realDonaldTrump#unpresidented
— Dani (@Daniandfries) December 17, 2016
I have the bigliest words.
I will build a wall around Dictionaries and make Thesaurus’s pay for it.
You’re gonna love it. #unpresidented
— Brandon Unger (@ungerbn103) December 17, 2016
Lastly, you know it’s bad when the actual dictionary feels the need to weigh in:
Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is…not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one. https://t.co/BJ45AtMNu4
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 17, 2016
Trump has a long, humanity-crushing history of misspelling words in his tweets. Just last week, he misspelled ridiculous as “rediculous” in a tweet in which he alleged CNN was reporting fake news.
In case you’re curious, there IS an online petition circulating asking for Twitter to ban Trump. You can sign it here if you feel so inclined. Almost 54,000 people already have.
Let’s make America grammatically correct again!
(I know that, technically, spelling is part of mechanics and not grammar. Don’t @ me.)
About the Author
Joanna McClanahan is Editor at Mock Mom. She’s also a Contributor at Sammiches & Psych Meds and has been published on Scary Mommy. You can find more from her on RamblinMama.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.