Donald Trump took to Twitter to comment on China's capture of an underwater U.S. Navy drone, and somehow he misspelled "unprecedented" as "unpresidented." The tweet was deleted and replaced with a corrected version an hour and a half later, but by then Twitter had already seized on the blunder and the hashtag #unpresidented became a trending topic. Other than calling for him to be "unpresidented," most posts reacting to Trump's error questioned how smart the businessman really is. As it (predictably) turns out, this recent spelling goof might be another piece of evidence proving that Trump is probably overestimating how bright he is.
You may remember that he recently implied that he's too smart to need daily intelligence briefings. "I'm, like, a smart person," he said to Chris Wallace in a Fox News Sunday interview. "I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years — but eight years. I don't need that."
This is not the first time Trump has boasted about his intelligence. He once tweeted, "Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure, it's not your fault." Last May he challenged London Mayor Sadiq Khan — who openly supported Hillary Clinton — to an IQ test.
Just looking at tweets shared during his campaign, Trump posted messages misspelling honor ("Great honer!"), lightweight and choker ("Leightweight chocker Marco Rubio looks like a little boy on stage"), Barack Obama's name twice ("National Review has totally given up the fight against Barrack Obama" and "Just another desperate move by the man who should have easily beaten Barrack Obama"). Trump has also misspelled dumber ("one of the dummer people on television"), shocker ("Big shoker!"), paid ("commercials against me are bought and payed for by SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS"), and lose ("Will loose big to Hillary!").
Now, everyone misspells words every once in a while, but Trump's repeated mistakes suggest he's not good at it in general, and to be fair, being a bad speller or not being able to read doesn't necessarily make a person unintelligent. However, Trump is also not very good at math, doesn't understand how the United States government actually works, isn't a good businessman, is clueless about foreign policy and world history, and has limited critical thinking and logic skills.
Trump is undeniably adept at getting people's attention and connecting with his supporters. But what else can he offer? His latest goof is just another small reminder of how limited our future president's intellectual capacities are.