President Trump on Thursday claimed he was “actually a good speller” and blamed his tendency to include typos in tweets on his fingers.
At his White House “social media summit,” Trump railed against CNN and other media outlets for noting when he makes spelling and grammar errors in his tweets.
“I call Twitter a typewriter … because it goes onto Facebook automatically, and it goes onto Instagram and it goes onto television,” Trump said. “More so Fox than it does CNN. If it’s something bad, they’ll put it on. If I have a spelling deal they will put it on.”
“Any kind of a punctuation mistake they put it on,” he added. “So I’m very, very careful. Really I’m actually a good speller, but everyone said the fingers aren’t as good as the brain.”
TRUMP: “I’m actually a good speller. But everyone says the fingers aren’t as good as the brain.” pic.twitter.com/HfZnwteCjw
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) July 11, 2019
The White House featured printed cards with definitions of words like “doxing” at the event. The poster defined “doxing” as “publically[sic] releasing private information for the purpose of harassment and/or the incitement of violence.”
Social media users mocked a few apparent misspellings, as noted by reporter Caleb Hull. Hull tweeted: “In one of their printed out definitions, they spelled ‘Publicly’ wrong.”
In one of their printed out definitions, they spelled “Publicly” wrong 😬 pic.twitter.com/Ow4MTsex6X
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 11, 2019
Trump offered praise for many of the 200 attendees which included far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation.
“Some of you are extraordinary. Can’t say everybody. No, but some of you are extraordinary,” Trump said of the videos and images they create in support of his administration. “The crap you think of is unbelievable.”
Trump was briefly distracted by a rogue White House fly.
“How did a fly get into the White House? I don’t like that. I don’t like flies. I don’t like flies,” Trump told the audience.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 11, 2019