Make America Spell Again? 25 of Donald Trump’s Twitter Spelling Errors

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A late-night tweet from the personal Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump on May 31. The tweet reads, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." Donald Trump/Twitter/Handout via REUTERS.

President Donald Trump’s unabashed use of his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account has been met with praise by some and eye rolls from others. Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump used Twitter to send derogatory messages about a range of characters, from opponents “little Marco” Rubio and “low-energy” Jeb Bush to “so ridiculous” Major League Baseball.

Trump’s use of Twitter has led to controversy, particularly when he accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign and hinted that he had tapes of his conversation with former FBI Director James Comey (he doesn’t).

His Twitter use also has revealed that spelling probably wasn’t the president’s best subject in elementary school. Can you spell better than Trump? Here are 25 words Trump has spelled wrong, or made a typo on, over the last year and a half.

1. Karen Handel’s last name

The president misspelled the last name of the candidate he supported in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

“Karen Handle's opponent in #GA06 can't even vote in the district he wants to represent,” he tweeted June 19, before deleting and correcting.  

2. Coverage? (Possibly)

Trump’s "covfefe" tweet received tons of coverage. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared serious when he claimed the president and a select group of people knew exactly what he meant. It appears he meant “coverage.”

“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” Trump tweeted in the early morning of May 31, before deleting it hours later.

3. Counsel

Trump has had a very difficult time with the word “counsel,” part of White House Counsel Don McGahn’s title and Robert Mueller’s position in investigating Trump.

On May 18, the day after Mueller was appointed special counsel, Trump tweeted and deleted, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!”

Just before former deputy attorney general Sally Yates’s testimony before Congress, Trump also misspelled the word.

“Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council,” he tweeted and deleted.    

4. Principles

“Principal” vs. “principle” is a common elementary spelling lesson. It appears the president still doesn’t understand the difference, at least according to a deleted tweet from March 7.

“Buy American & hire American are the principals at the core of my agenda, which is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Thank you @exxonmobil,” he tweeted. 

5. Tap

In one of the president’s more infamous tweets, Trump misspelled “tap” in accusing Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. Unlike most of Trump’s other tweets with spelling errors, he has not deleted this one.   

6. Hereby

Trump struggled greatly in spelling "hereby" correctly when calling for an investigation into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s ties to Russia in a tweet on March 3. He originally spelled it “hear by” before incorrectly changing it to “hearby” before finally getting it right with “hereby.”

7. Honored

Trump made an embarrassing spelling mistake upon his inauguration, tweeting that he was “honered” to serve as the 45th president. He deleted the tweet after it was up for about four hours.

He made the same mistake, using an “e” instead of a second “o”, while celebrating a self-proclaimed debate win.

“Wow, every poll said I won the debate last night. Great honer!” he tweeted and deleted February 26, 2016.

8. Unprecedented

The president struggled with the word “unprecedented” in a since-deleted December 17, 2016 tweet.

“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented act,” he tweeted.  

9. Wait

Trump deleted a tweet December 15, 2016, after adding an “e” to the word “wait.”

“If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House waite so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” he tweeted. 

10. Ridiculous

Trump had a particularly rough spelling week from December 10 to 17, 2016. On the 10th, he attempted to discredit a CNN report on his involvement with The Apprentice as president by tweeting: “Reports by @CNN that I will be working on The Apprentice during my Presidency, even part time, are rediculous & untrue - FAKE NEWS!”

11. Policies

Then-candidate Trump stumbled in attempting to blame Obama and Clinton for terrorism in September 2016. 

“Saturday’s attacks show that failed Obama/Hillary Clinton polices won’t keep us safe! I will Make America Safe Again!” he tweeted and deleted.

12. Waste

In trying to attract Bernie Sanders voters, he misspelled “waste" (and seemed to have trouble with the differences between "there," "their" and "they're").

“Looks to me like the Bernie people will fight. If not, there blood, sweat and tears was a total waist of time. Kaine stands for opposite!” he tweeted and deleted July 24, 2016.  

13. Was

“The weekend in Texas and Arizona wss fantastic. I raised a lot of money for the Republican National Committee @Reince,” he tweeted and deleted June 20, 2016.  

14. Deal

“Crooked Hillary just can't close the dael with Bernie. It will be the same way with ISIS, and China on trade, and Mexico at the border. Bad!” he tweeted and deleted May 8, 2016. 

15. Judgment

A word that has certainly knocked many middle schoolers out of spelling bees, "judgment" drops the “e” at the end of the word “judge.”

“Hillary has bad judgement!” Trump tweeted and deleted May 16, 2016.  

16. Bobby Knight’s Last Name

The famed basketball coach was a staunch supporter of Trump during the campaign, but that didn’t prevent Trump from misspelling his name on Twitter.

“I will be campaigning in Indiana all day. Things are looking great, and the support of Bobby Night has been so amazing. Today will be fun!” he tweeted and deleted May 2, 2016.

(Of course, rival Ted Cruz clearly edged Trump on a big basketball-related gaffe, calling a hoop a “basketball ring.”)

17. Develop

“These politicians like Cruz and Graham, who have watched ISIS and many other problems develope for years, do nothing to make thing better!,” Trump tweeted and deleted March 24, 2016.  

18. Professional

“.@AndreaTantaros- You are a true journalistic profesional. I so agree with what you say. Keep up the great work!” he tweeted and deleted March 19, 2016.

19. Politicians

“It is Clinton and Sanders people who disrupted my rally in Chicago - and then they say I must talk to my people. Phony politicions!” he tweeted and deleted March 12, 2016.

20. Nikki Haley’s last name

Although Trump has praised Haley since naming her U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, he wasn't always been a big fan.

“The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Hailey!” he tweeted and deleted March 1, 2016.

21. Paid

Trump doesn’t seem to mind that he misspelled “paid” in this March 6, 2016 tweet, which is still up.  

22. Lightweight

Then-candidate Donald Trump tried out a variety of derogatory nicknames for his opponents after “low-energy” Jeb Bush caught on. But he had some issues spelling “lightweight,” which he was using to describe Rubio.

“Lying Ted Cruz and leightweight chocker Marco Rubio teamed up last night in a last ditch effort to stop our great movement. They failed!” he tweeted and deleted February 26, 2016.

23. Choker

Did you catch the other error in the above tweet? Trump really struggled with the term “lightweight choker.”

“Leightweight chocker Marco Rubio looks like a little boy on stage. Not presidential material!” he tweeted and deleted, also on February 26.   

24. Loose

“Lose” vs. “Loose” is another elementary school grammar lesson Trump likely struggled with, if his Twitter is any indication.

25. Barack Obama’s First Name

Although Trump has spelled “Barack” right most of the time, he has also added an extra “r” on a few occasions.