As he delivered his speech in Warsaw's Krasinski Square on Thursday, Trump thundered to the Polish crowd that "the West was saved with the blood of patriots." Later in the day, he shared a Fox News tweet of the video of the speech on Twitter. Unfortunately, it contained an unfortunate error, misspelling "patriots" so that the Fox News clip's chyron read, "POTUS: West Saved by the Blood of Patriarchs."
During live speeches like this one, chyron writers have to provide verbatim quotes from the speaker in real time. This can be difficult, and mistakes are not uncommon. However, this particular misspelling left social media users quite amused.
Here is what Trump actually said:
As The Washington Post's Aaron Blake suggested, Fox News' "patriarchs" gaffe was perhaps rendered all the more hilarious by the fact that Trump is one of the least likely people to credit other patriarchs for saving the West — or to laud the decline of the patriarchy, depending on how you interpret the chyron typo. However, Trump has said many shocking things in the past that "blood of patriarchs" would likely pale in comparison.
THE WEST WILL NEVER BE BROKEN. Our values will PREVAIL. Our people will THRIVE and our civilization will TRIUMPH! pic.twitter.com/sozuVgdp5T— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2017
Many social media users, though thoroughly amused, were unsurprised by the error.
Donald Trump said "The west was saved by the blood of patriots," but Fox News heard "patriarchs." Because of course they did. pic.twitter.com/APDyjb4ICi— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 6, 2017
Nonetheless, the chyron typo provided a sufficient amount of entertainment on Twitter.
"West Saved By Blood of Patriarchs."— Beth Elderkin (@BethElderkin) July 6, 2017
I'm just gonna let that fester. pic.twitter.com/S393CAtcbf
Really great that POTUS: WEST SAVED BY BLOOD OF PATRIARCHS is a real chyron from today and not some weird warhammer 40k fanfiction— Nathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) July 6, 2017
Despite how quickly Fox News' error was noticed, there were still some Twitter users who wondered whether Trump had actually said that the west had been saved with the blood of patriarchs. These people seemed to be in the minority, however, because the majority of tweets about the chyron typo poked fun at both Trump and Fox News.
Check out the Fox crawl:— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 6, 2017
POTUS: WEST SAVED BY BLOOD OF PATRIARCHS
POTUS: FIGHT FOR THE WEST BEGINS WITH OUR MINDShttps://t.co/KqUvNJEgaT
Some Twitter users were convinced they had entered an alternate reality straight out of Game of Thrones, while others vaguely entertained the notion that the blood of patriarchs could be really useful for making magical sacrifices — a notion that had some actual patriarchs concerned.
West saved by the blood of the patriarchs?— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) July 6, 2017
As a father... I am not so up for that. https://t.co/BcgbCxDbKg
Again, chyron typos are not that unusual, so this typo isn't particularly shocking. On the contrary, — and likely to the writer's displeasure — this particular typo was just too ironic for social media to ignore.