The Harry Potter author really isn’t here for Donald Trump’s typos…
Earlier this year, it was revealed that we probably have to take President Donald Trump’s tweets seriously – and that anything the political boggart says on Twitter could potentially be used as evidence against him in court.
You’d be forgiven for thinking, then, that this might inspire the POTUS to start checking his social media posts for spelling mistakes before posting them online. However, this is Trump we’re talking about – and so, in a furious tweet about the “mainstream media’s” obsession with his misspelling, he ended up dropping in a typo. Oops.
“After having written many best selling books, and somewhat priding myself on my ability to write, it should be noted that the Fake News constantly likes to pour over my tweets looking for a mistake,” he wrote.
“I capitalize certain words only for emphasis, not [because] they should be capitalized!”
Of course, you don’t need us to tell you that Trump intended to say that the media likes to “pore over” his tweets, rather than “pour over.” Pore over, as you already may know, means to minutely study the contents of an object, which would also include a piece of writing.
The latter, on the other hand, means to cause a liquid to flow from a container in a steady stream (such as milk from a bottle).
Of course, it didn’t take long for Trump’s mistake to be noticed – and by none other than professional writer, typo-chaser and Trump botherer, JK Rowling.
Cementing her status as the undeniable queen of social media takedowns, Rowling cheekily retweeted Trump’s post into her own feed, along with a stream of maniacal laughter.
She later added: “*wipes eyes, tries to control breathing* Seriously, @realDonaldTrump is the Gratest Writer on earth.”
Within two hours, Rowling’s tweet had gotten Trump’s hackles up.
Rather than brand her a “nasty woman”, though, he decided to silently delete his mistake and repost it with the correct spelling. Presumably in the hope that, y’know, nobody would notice the first one.
However, this being the internet, the original version has been screen-grabbed and retweeted by pretty much everyone already.
In case you somehow hadn’t heard, Trump will be gracing London with his presence on Friday 13 July (as apt a date as we can think of) – and a number of protests have already been banned.
Rather than the usual posters and placards, though, Rowling has concocted a cunning plan: she wants protesters to force Trump to (metaphorically) eat his own words.
“Rather than crafting placards, I think we should enlarge Trump’s London tweets so they’re on camera everywhere he goes to ‘show support’,” she said previously, working on the assumption that he’d have to do a certain amount of backtracking.
Expressing the majority view of the UK, Rowling added: “I’d rather he didn’t come, but if he does, I’d like his vile tweets juxtaposed against whatever he’s been coaxed to read off an autocue.”
It sounds a pretty genius plan to us. Dumbledore’s Army, assemble – we have a new Dark Wizard to take down…