US President Donald Trump is controversy’s favourite child. If he isn’t committing gaffes through his foot-mouth-mouth statements, he often becomes a topic of social media ridicule because of his considerably poor command over the English language.
In December last year, Trump had slammed China for seizing an American naval drone in international waters of the disputed South China Sea.
But while doing so, he relied on a tweet, which he later deleted because of an incorrect spelling of the word ‘unprecedented.’ It had taken him 87 minutes to realise that ‘unprecedented’ could never be spelled as ‘unpresidented.’
Trump’s tweet had read, “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented (unprecedented) act,” Trump said in a tweet this morning.
Social media’s favourite whipping boy found himself embroiled in another controversy after he failed to differentiate between ‘heal’ and ‘heel.’
He tweeted on Saturday, “Our great country has been divided for decade, but it will come together again.Sometimes protest is needed in order to heel,and heel we will!”
Faced with instant social media ridicule, Trump deleted his original tweet and replaced it with the following words, “Our great country has been divided for decades. Somtimes you need protest in order to heel, & we will heel, & be stronger than ever before! (sic)”
Both his tweets had ‘heal’ spelled as ‘heel’ but in his second tweet, the US president also got the spelling of ‘sometimes’ wrong. But, to give him the benefit of doubt, it may have have been due to the 140-character limit on Twitter.
However, spelling ‘heal’ as ‘heel’ twice in one sentence in two consecutive tweets was no oversight or a consequence of Twitter’s limit on characters. As expected, the US president was once again facing social media roasting with users highlighting that it took Trump three tweets to get his basic English right.
Here are some reactions;
— Abigail Edge (@abigailedge) August 19, 2017
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) August 19, 2017
Remember, HEEL is the location of the bone spurs you faked. HEAL is something different. Good talk.
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) August 19, 2017
— Dori Longino (@dorichats) August 20, 2017
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) August 20, 2017