It's no secret that the president has a Twitter problem. Whether you consider it a problem likely depends on whether you support him or his policies, but according to the polls, at least, it's a majority opinion that President Trump should stop tweeting and start funneling more of that energy into, you know, running the country. As such, you might be interested to know just a little bit more about what makes him tick regarding his tweets. For example: What make Trump delete a tweet, considering all the awful ones he leaves up?
The simple answer, judging from his deleted tweets over the past two months — which you can read in full here — is that he seems more likely to delete a tweet over a simple spelling error or embarrassing flub than he is the actual content of what he's saying. Of his last 20 deleted tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account (archived by Deadbird, a site that saves deleted tweets), many of them were ostensibly deleted due to pretty minor, routine errors ― misspelling "honored" as "honered," for example, and his widely-mocked tweet blasting China's "unpresidented" actions in the South China Sea.
He also deleted a tweet about his attendance at the GOP's leadership retreat in which he meant to tag Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but botched the spelling of his handle.
For a perfect illustration of how Trump seems more embarrassed by typos than content, take what he tweeted on Dec. 15 of last year:
Amid what was a rapidly solidifying consensus on the part of the American intelligence community that the Russian government was involved in the hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta, that tweet had problems well beyond misspelling "wait" as "waite." And yet, he deleted it and replaced it word-for-word with the corrected spelling.
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2016
It's worth noting that not all of his deletions are like this ― for example, after deleting his post-inauguration tweet in which he deleted after misspelling "honored," he then deleted the same tweet with the corrected spelling:
Presumably he wasn't actually feeling that honored? It was the day of the Women's March on Washington, after all. In short, Trump tweets enough wild and inflammatory stuff, and also makes enough simple mistakes, that there are always going to be some deleted tweets here or there. And to be clear, everybody botches some spelling or syntax now and again — although you'd like to think the most powerful man on Earth would give each tweet at least one or two glances over before hitting "send."
Especially when you consider some of the tweets he's sent out since becoming president, to say nothing of the infamous ones he sent out years earlier as a private citizen but has still never chosen to erase.
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
If you're curious to check out all the tweets Trump's deleted in the past couple of months, you can check them out here. Some of the other misspellings that triggered deletions were "amoung" instead of "among," "Assuage" instead of "Assange," "if" instead of "of," and "rediculous" instead of "ridiculous." According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released in late January, a full 69 percent of Americans believe Trump should stop tweeting while president, with 47 percent of Republicans agreeing.