How do you spell facepalm? President-elect Donald Trump misspelled unprecedented as unpresidented in a tweet about China on Saturday, December 17, and the internet won’t let him forget it.
“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters — rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act,” the 70-year-old real estate mogul wrote. Later, he quietly corrected his misspelling, but not before Twitter users had a field day calling him out on his mistake.
(China’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday that China is planning to return the underwater drone to the U.S. “through appropriate means” after it was discovered in international waters in the South China Sea on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.)
“Think about the Trumpian narcissicm loaded up in changing the word unprecedented to #unpresidented by accident,” one user wrote. Another shared the quote, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”
Saturday Night Live is a new one tonight. So, I fully expect Alec Baldwin to mock Trump in #unpresidented style.
— KT (@sloyoroll01973) December 17, 2016
Maybe you should rethink those intelligence briefings #unpresidented
— Kara (@klup2000lbs) December 17, 2016
Somebody please start spell checking their president #unpresidented
— Brownskin Diva (@brownskindiva28) December 17, 2016
Will Trump commission a panel of the best spellers to get the word changed to his liking? #unpresidented
— WTM54 (@Smoothdancer49) December 17, 2016
“Post-truth” was this year’s Word of the Year. I have a hunch “Unpresidented” will be next year’s winner… #unpresidented
— Karl (@_karlosd_) December 17, 2016
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 17, 2016
During a campaign rally in South Carolina last winter, Trump famously told the crowd, “I know words, I have the best words. I have the best, but there is no better word than stupid.”
Beyond the misspelling, the former Apprentice host’s message was also cause for concern in light of his recent jabs at the nation, including his December 2 phone call to Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, which may have soured relationships with China.
The social-media savvy politician has also recently slammed Vanity Fair after one of its writers wrote a scathing review of his Trump Grille, called Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live “unwatchable” and caused a buzz online after meeting with Kanye West at Trump Tower.
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