9 months ago
Looks like being illiterate is no big deal. If you’re the US President himself! Some time ago, Yvonne Mason, a retired English teacher from South Carolina, received a letter from the White House, signed by President Trump, and it instantly went viral on the web! The official letter was a response to Ms. Mason’s concerns voiced after the shooting in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Old habits die hard! After a 17-year teaching career, Ms. Mason couldn’t refrain from correcting a bunch of mistakes discovered in the official letter and displaying the results on Facebook. The educator said she’d give the letter "a C or C-plus," and "if it had been written in high school, she'd give it a D!" The retired English teacher captioned her Facebook post with a photo of the lette: "Got a letter from Mr. Trump. Will be returning it tomorrow."
Was the Presidential Illiteracy Intentional?
So, what were the mistakes that captured Ms. Mason’s attention? Errant capitalization, redundancies, and a lack of specificity in the letter. Getting letters from the highest level of government, one expects the highest level of literacy, or at least "mechanical correctness."
Most likely, the letter was composed and written by one of the White House staffers. The latest Boston Globe report about Trump's Twitter account, suggests the staff make grammatical mistakes on purpose in the presidential tweets. Allegedly, this is done to make it look like the tweet has been composed by the POTUS.
Here are just a few examples of Trump's tweets people believe to be written by the White House staffers.
"China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made. The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!"
"I ask Senator Chuck Schumer, why didn’t President Obama & the Democrats do something about Trade with China, including Theft of Intellectual Property etc.? They did NOTHING! With that being said, Chuck & I have long agreed on this issue! Fair Trade, plus, with China will happen!"
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