The first half of 2018 on Donald Trump's Twitter timeline has been full of confusion, anger, and a whole heap of presidential typos.?
The news cycle has moved at a breakneck speed, and so has Trump's tendency to tweet — and then delete — tweets with typos. Even in the face of opposition from Congress and the potential violation of post-Watergate transparency laws.
That Trump and his social media team may be dropping these typos in on purpose is interesting because it's either a completely bizarre strategy or, if it's not true, the White House is just really that bad at spelling (which they've proven regardless of the tweets).?
But not all typos are created equal. Some are understandable — what Twitter trolls among us has not confused "your" and "you're"? — while some are just inexplicable. And we've still got six months left of the year.?
Whether they were the result of carelessness or incompetence, these typos are a reminder that not as much thought as you might think goes into these tweets. They're usually rant-filled screeds against whoever Trump dislikes at the moment, and it all looks bad.
Also, side note: if you want to do something like implode trade by hiking tariffs, you'd also better know how to spell the thing you're changing. History will remember how to spell it, after all.
Okay, now this is embarrassing. If you're a world leader — the leader of the free world, some might say! — you should know how to spell names, be they your enemies, your wife, or other countries.
For instance, Trump surely knows how to spell New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman's name. She's the only reporter from the Times he'll talk to, depending on his mood.
One also has to wonder how he misspelled his own wife's name. Look, Donald, you should know this one. And don't blame autocorrect! It didn't help that this fed into the conspiracies surrounding Melania's time out of the spotlight.
Okay but even worse? Misspelling a country. You're the president. At least Google it.?
Oh but it gets worse than even that! Take, for instance, not being able to correctly spell the name of the dictator that you've sparred with on Twitter and then tried to make nice with, treating him better than you treat a lot of your own constituents. MAKES SENSE.?
Of course, everyone knows by now that Robert Mueller is leading a Special Counsel investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016. Except that Trump keeps misspelling "counsel" as "councel," including a period where he did it three days in a row.
If you really think about it — and don't do that because it's probably bad for you — it all makes perfect sense in its own little ridiculous way, the "covfefe" of his whole administration.
Here, then, are the five tweets from 2018 in which Trump just couldn't learn how to spell "counsel."?
Well, we'll give him one thing: at least he's consistent.