President Donald Trump’s bad spelling is earning him negative
reviews from voters.
According to a
recent poll, Republicans and Democrats alike become less
confident in the president when they read tweets of his that
contain spelling mistakes, of which there are several
notable examples (“unpresidented,” “honered,” and
“hearby,” to name a few).
But when it comes to the voters who make up Trump’s base,
it’s unclear if his orthographic blunders are moving the
needle at all.
In fact, one Republican politician thinks they
could even be helping Trump.
“This is something that’s endearing to his base,” Phil Van
Treuren, a political consultant and city councilman from
Amherst, Ohio, told Business Insider. “It doesn’t hurt him one
Van Treuren, who advises aspiring political candidates through
his company Political Campaigning
Tips, said he is “obsessive” about proofreading and
spell-checking his campaign literature before it’s sent out.
The Trump administration doesn’t always apply the same scrutiny —
in one famous incident, the White House misspelled the word
“attacker” 27 times
in a single statement.
Still, given Trump’s consistent attacks on the media, it’s easy
for a Trump supporter to reject criticism of the
president’s writing style, Van Treuren said.
“Rightly or wrongly, this populist movement that
elevated Trump has very effectively labeled the writers and
journalists of the world as out of touch and elitist,” Van
Treuren said. “Proper spelling and grammar has almost become
a liability in this crowd. It’s looked down upon.”
But Van Treuren emphasized that the degree to which one cares
about Trump’s spelling isn’t a sign of one’s education or
“You usually support candidates for office because you see
something of yourself in them, and his supporters like
the fact that the president tells them not to be ashamed of who
they are,” he said.
“There’s a caveat, though — what the president does is way more
important than whether he makes spelling mistakes.”