Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pour and Pore

On July 03, 2018, US President Donald Trump boasted about his writing prowess:

Lamentably, the tweet proved the exact opposite of what he was trying to say, as one person's corrections make clear: 

Of course, Trump deleted the tweet, and re-tweeted out the same message but with the correct word: 

The damage was already done. Scores had already called him out on the boo-boo – including a genuine bestselling author, JK Rowling herself. 

Rowling didn’t want to miss this opportunity and so, she trolled Trump, typing “Hahahahaha” in three successive responses. 

She concluded in an intentionally error-laden post: "Seriously, @realDonaldTrump is the Gratest Writer on earth". 

She also pointed out that the so-called "best-selling" book Trump was referring to – "The Art of the Deal" – was actually ghostwritten, and the book's real author, Tony Schwartz, had given interviews about how he felt guilty for concealing his identity for so long. 

The Trump biographer Tim O’Brien, who had written “Trump Nation” too weighed in on Trump’s tweet, disputing the claim that Trump had written many best-sellers. 

“President Trump didn’t write any of his books”, O’Brien tweeted. “Ghostwriters on all of them”. 

The official Twitter account for the dictionary Merriam-Webster also made light of Trump’s error. 

It provided definitions for “pore over” (to read or study very carefully) and “pour over” (to make expensive coffee) and went one step further, defining “comb over” (to comb hair from the side of the head to cover the bald spot) – a not-so-subtle reference to the president’s signature hairstyle. 

Fortunately or unfortunately, Trump's tweets are considered presidential records, and the National Archives always request that the White House keep note of deleted or altered tweets – meaning that, no matter how hard he tries to cover his tracks – his mistakes will always be on record somewhere. 

So, if JK Rowling ever wants to investigate the laundry list of blunders in the backlog of the president's social media interactions at any point, official records should give her plenty of material to "pour" over.

Donald Trump is a braggart. A buffoon. A blackguard.

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