Make America Stupid Again: Typo-ridden documents, dumbed-down memos
It’s no laughing matter. The executive branch has a problem with getting middle-school English right:
President Donald Trump was fairly confident he would hire only the best people to join him in the White House, but it’s clear now that proficiency in the English language was never a prerequisite for a spot in his administration. Since Trump’s inauguration, official communications from Trump’s White House have been careless at best, and downright inept at worst.
Trump’s own official inauguration poster, which features a photo of the president and a quote from his speech, was removed from the Library of Congress website Sunday evening after social media users pointed out the quote contained an obvious spelling error.
“No dream is too big, no challenge is to [sic] great. Nothing we want for the future is beyond our reach,” the quote read on the poster.
The Department of Education experienced their own grammatical hiccups over the weekend, first misspelling W. E. B. Du Bois’ name, then following it up by inappropriately writing “apologizes” instead of “apologies” in the tweet correcting the Du Bois spelling error.
Our 👏🏻 deepest 👏🏻 APPOLOGIZES 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/RbGPGoUNH4
— Evan DeSimone (@Smorgasboredom) February 12, 2017
Another glaring typo from the West Wing included the misspelling of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s name.
What happens at the top of the power pyramid tends to represent everything going on below it:
When it comes to national security, President Donald Trump isn’t interested in the details, according to a New York Times report.
An article published by the Times on Monday provides an inside look into the chaos that has engulfed Trump’s National Security Council since the president has taken office.
The paper reported that council staffers have resorted to using encrypted communication following White House threats to monitor phone calls and emails. Staffers have also been demoralized by the news that Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, lied about discussing sanctions with Russia before Trump took office.
The Times spoke with more than two dozen of the hundreds of national security staffers. Many suggested that Trump’s Twitter-style of governing contributed to dysfunction on the council.
“Many of those who remain, who see themselves as apolitical civil servants, have been disturbed by displays of overt partisanship,” Times reporters David Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Peter Baker explained. “At an all-hands meeting about two weeks into the new administration, [Deputy National Security Adviser K. T. McFarland] told the group it needed to ‘make America great again,’ numerous staff members who were there said.”
“And while Mr. Obama liked policy option papers that were three to six single-spaced pages, council staff members are now being told to keep papers to a single page, with lots of graphics and maps,” according to the paper.
“The president likes maps,” one official reportedly revealed.
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