Just last week, President Donald Trump bragged that he was really a “good speller” despite his reputation for Twitter typos. However, another handwritten note caught on camera shows he also struggles with writing simple words on paper.
In this case: “people,” which the president spelled as “peopel.”
The note from Trump’s comments on Monday when he doubled down on racist attacks against several lawmakers also contained another gaffe, with the president misspelling “al Qaeda” as “alcaida.”
The mistakes were caught by several photographers, including Jabin Botsford of the Washington Post:
Last week, Trump claimed his well-documented spelling struggles were simply a matter of clumsy fingers on a smartphone screen.
“Really I’m actually a good speller,” he said. “But everyone said the fingers aren’t as good as the brain.”
Yet Trump’s handwritten notes have consistently contained errors as well, including one last month torching Democrats for having “no achomlishments.”
The latest mistakes caused “alcaida” to trend on Twitter as Trump’s critics schooled him on basic spelling:
How you know POTUS doesn’t read anything the experts provide, this is how he spells al Qaida: “Alcaida”
Also what is the scribble below it? https://t.co/L11XFDCvf0
— Nada Bakos (@nadabakos) July 15, 2019
Only a person who hasn’t read any newspaper articles or briefing papers in the last 20 years would not know how to spell Al Qaeda. https://t.co/tqMTzo8pEX
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) July 15, 2019
Trump misspelled al-qaeda as ‘alcaida.’
Trump misspelled people as ‘peopel.’
He doesn’t know the words to the pledge or the national anthem.
He couldn’t pass a citizenship exam.
He couldn’t find the USA on a map.
— God (@thegoodgodabove) July 15, 2019
On the top of this large-font list of stupid and dishonest soundbites, Trump hand-wrote two reminders:
“SOME PEOPEL” https://t.co/SyoqLkbYyb
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) July 15, 2019
This is what happens when you put yourself through your own university.
— SAfrican American (@LikeAVernon) July 15, 2019
Is it too much to ask to have a President who knows how to spell, in any variation, al-Qaeda? There are numerous ways to spell it. “Alcaida” is one of the few that’s DEFINITELY wrong. https://t.co/aOjdgOsaNc
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) July 15, 2019
These are Trump’s talking points from earlier today, and I busted out laughing when I finally realized what his written notation of “Alcaida” was supposed to be. pic.twitter.com/rS3VC2N7D9
— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) July 15, 2019
After years and years of nonstop coverage, it’s pretty amazing that anyone could think “Al Qaeda” was spelled “Alcaida.”
Let alone a president*. https://t.co/baO1S1XWNS
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) July 15, 2019
Kentuky muderers, Tim Apple & Joe Bidan had covfefe & hamberders. Discussed Homeland Securiy, Alcaida peopel & windmill cancer; felt was national emergy. The Cheif worried bigly about his stollen smocking gun, decided to move to Shithole country Nambia to investigate the oranges.
— Tomi T Ahonen (@tomiahonen) July 16, 2019
The “stable genius” spells “Al Qaeda” his own “special” way and I think he wrote the word “people” as “peopel”. SAD!!! https://t.co/3R6fNFRzki
— NancyNoCo (@NancyNoCo24) July 16, 2019