Donald Trump’s Twitter assault on the English language weakens him and America

One must give President Trump credit where it is due: Arguing he is innocent of obstructing justice by threatening to fire the investigator looking into whether he obstructed justice is a novel strategy. It would be like an accused arsonist ordering a judge to find him innocent or he’ll burn her new car to the ground.

Yet while the president and investigators publicly wrangle over collusion, obstruction and “spying,” Trump continues his assault on something as valuable as democracy itself: the English language. As the president makes daily pronouncements on Twitter, one only wishes he occasionally colluded with a dictionary.

Surely, Trump’s supporters admire his willingness to defy convention. But when proper grammar, punctuation and spelling are treated with more enmity than Vladimir Putin, it weakens America’s standing and undercuts the force of the president’s words.

A recent Boston Globe report suggested aides who post tweets on Trump’s behalf actually add garbled syntax, unnecessary exclamation points, and random capitalization to Trump’s posts just to make them sound like the president of the United States. “Some staff members even relish the scoldings Trump gets from elites shocked by the Trumpian language they strive to imitate,” says the Globe report, “believing that debates over presidential typos fortify the belief within his base that he has the common touch.”

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