Trump sends the internet into a frenzy after delightful "smocking gun" mistake on Twitter
These days, most of us are pretty deep into social media. It may not all be the same platforms as before (RIP Bebo), but most of us end up using some form of it. Twitter is a popular choice for both people looking for dumb jokes, ridiculous memes, as well as endless arguments with anonymous trolls. Strangely enough, it's also where the President of the United States spends a lot of his time.
And, like many of us, he makes typos from time to time. However, Donald Trump's mistakes (and other eccentricities) on the app are seen by a lot more people and could potentially have a huge impact on the world - so it's all the more bizarre when he gets it wrong.
Trump has been defending himself on Twitter recently, after allegations were made relating to his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. On Friday, federal prosecutors said that Trump directed Cohen to commit two felonies - instructing the lawyer to make payments to two women who claimed to have had sex with Trump, buying their silence in the run-up to the 2016 election.
In addition to this, Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump, revealed that during his election campaign one of Trump's closest advisers met with a Russian, who was offering help from Vladimir Putin.
That's when Trump responded, claiming that it was the Democrats failing to find a "Smocking Gun". “Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun… No Collusion,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday, supposedly quoting fox news - before once again claiming it was all a "WITCH HUNT!".
It wasn't long before his typo began trending on Twitter, with many users finding it hilarious that not only did he misspell the word, but made it all the more obvious by saying it twice, with both words capitalised.
Searches for the term “smocking gun” and “smocking” – a type of embroidery made of many small folds - quickly soared, and there were plenty of jokes to go around.
Even the dictionary took a shot at him over the error.
In one surprising defence, Bill Mitchell claimed that this typo was not actually a mistake in the first place.
Mitchell, who hosts a YouTube channel "dedicated to supporting the presidency of Donald J Trump," came up with the creative explanation that it was all a deliberate choice “because he is MOCKING the Democrats for having no smoking gun”.
“Why would Trump use ‘Smocking Gun’, capitalized as to draw even more attention to it?” he explained, before telling Dems to "Consider yourselves #smocked" - a hashtag I'm not entirely sure will catch on.
Whether you agree with that... well, you're mileage may vary, but this isn't the first time Trump has been mocked for a spelling mistake on Twitter.
In May 2017, the internet was blessed with the tweet, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe," and went to town on it.
While this latest Twitter mishap has given us its fair share of laughs, I don't think it can ever quite match covfefe, a word that will be stuck in my brain for years to come.