Our 45th president of the United States is a man who fails to use the English language correctly. As the leader of one of the most powerful countries in the world, one would think he could spell simple words like “speeches,” “unprecedented” and “honor” accurately. Well, that isn’t the case. According to the Washington Post, Trump’s administration released a list of 78 “underreported” terrorist attacks, but the list also included 27 misspellings of the word “attacker.”
I understand that spelling errors occur from time to time; that’s what copy editors are for. But 27 times? Not only that, but the Washington Post article also said, “San Bernardino lost its second ‘r.’ ‘Denmark’ became ‘Denmakr.’” I’m almost certain that Barack Obama misspelled something in a tweet at least once, but this seems to be the norm for Trump and his administration. So much for “Making ‘America’ great again!”
In the United States, reading and writing English is the base of success. If you can’t read or write, it makes things that much more difficult — or so we think. Obviously President Trump can read and write, just not all that well. And what’s more ironic is the way he calls out media, who rely on and have (generally) a strong knowledge of the English language.
According to the Robinson Library, Donald Trump was 70 years, seven months and seven days old at the time of his inauguration, making him the oldest president to ever take office. The average age of presidents is just under 55 years old, but the signs of early-onset dementia occurs in between 60-65 years old. Strangely enough, Trump’s father suffered from Alzheimer’s.
Some of the cognitive symptoms of dementia include memory loss, difficulty communicating or finding words, difficulty reasoning or problem solving, difficulty with planning or organizing, and difficulty with coordination and motor functions. These are all things every person needs, but especially the President of the United States of America.
I certainly wouldn’t wish dementia or Alzheimer’s on any person, but could these diseases explain why Trump’s spelling is so poor in his tweets and addresses? Maybe, but it’s likely not the case. There could be a number of causes, from autocorrect to poor copy editing from his associates, but the fact is this: Although I don’t agree with much of his platform, I am not at all comfortable having a leader and an administration that consistently fails to competently use the English language.
For people who speak English as a second language, it can be hard. It’s one of the hardest languages in the world to learn, but to my knowledge, Trump speaks English as a first language, so it shouldn’t be that hard for him to get something as simple as names right. When British prime minister Theresa May visited the White House, Trump’s administration spelled her name wrong on three separate occasions to read, “Teresa May.” Trump tweeted praise at former Indiana University men’s basketball coach Bobby Knight, only to spell his name without the ‘K’. And to put the cherry on top, Barack Obama’s name turned into a military building: Barrack.
The bottom line is this: As the President of the United States, Donald Trump and his administration need to be more accurate and careful with their language. The media has blown up with each spelling and grammar mistake he makes, but he can’t lie his way out of them. One of these times, his mistakes are going to bite him in the ‘but’.