The Republican War on Spelling and Grammar

Grammar enthusiasts on Twitter ridiculed Donald Trump this morning for a tweet that broke three basic spelling and grammar rules. The tweet, which has since been deleted (although screenshots will ensure that it lives forever), read (emphasis mine):

Looks to me like the Bernie people will fight. If not, there blood, sweat and tears was a total waist of time. Kaine stands for opposite!

He later replaced the tweet:

He still used “was” incorrectly in the amended tweet — it should have been “were.”

While this is far from the worst thing Trump has tweeted, it’s of significance considering his constant insistence that he is “a really smart person.” All evidence points in the opposite direction.

Trump’s disdain for basic copy editing, however, might be what he has most in common with mainstream Republicans. Remember when Mitt Romney’s app misspelled the name of the country for which he was running to be President?

Minnesota Republicans don’t seem to have any better grasp on the English language. The image below is from the home page of their website. I had no idea the rule is “i before e except when there is no e.”

Timothy Pate Minnesota GOP

There probably isn’t a lot of time for spell-checking when you’re busy dealing with the down-ballot damage your party’s nominee is inflicting. But in the end, they’ve got more in common then they’d like two admit.

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