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When attempting to comment on the planned free-speech rally and subsequent counterprotest in Boston on Saturday, President Donald Trump tried to tweet a message saying that “sometimes you need protest in order to heal” multiple times before spelling “heal” correctly, and Twitter took notice.
“Our great country has been divided for decade, but it will come together again. Sometimes protest is needed in order to heel, and heel we will!” he wrote initially. He attempted the same message once more before settling on: “Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!” The first two attempts have been deleted.
Celebrities and noncelebrities alike got a laugh at the mistake, tweeting out their reactions in the process.
Actor George Takei said in response, “You can teach a man to hate, or you can teach him to spell, but apparently not both.”
Author Stephen King tweeted simply, “In his latest tweet, Trump commands America to heel.”
One user said, “I guess ‘heel’ is better than ‘heil.’ “
Merriam-Webster also got in on the fun, tweeting out the definitions to “heal,” “heel” and “he’ll.”
heal (to become healthy again)
heel (a contemptible person)
he’ll (he will)
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) August 19, 2017
See more reactions below.
In his latest tweet, Trump commands America to heel.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 19, 2017
. @realDonaldTrump misspelling “heal” as “heel” is too on the nose.
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) August 19, 2017
I guess “heel” is better than”heil” https://t.co/kzTsKZQloT
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 19, 2017
Heel is the new potatoe.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) August 19, 2017
At least the third time around he replaced the second “e” of “heel” with an “a” instead of an “i”…which was probably his preference. https://t.co/4xyW9hJDJr
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) August 19, 2017
Heel never heel this country. He’s too much of a heal.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 19, 2017
You can teach a man to hate, or you can teach him to spell, but apparently not both. pic.twitter.com/RqXOKPQpCG
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 19, 2017
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