President Trump twice sent out, then quickly deleted, a tweet calling on the U.S. to "heel," before finally getting the spelling right on Saturday.
"Our great country has been divided for decade,but it will come together again.Sometimes protest is needed in order to heel,and heel we will!", he said in a tweet that was quickly removed. Politwoops, a project of ProPublica which tracks deleted tweets from public officials, archived the deleted note.
Several people on Twitter speculated that the Trump mistakenly tweeted "heel" instead of "heal."
Did @realDonaldTrump delete this tweet because he doesn't believe in the sentiment or because he doesn't know how to spell the word "heal"? pic.twitter.com/nrNw0hytUq— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) August 19, 2017
Moments later, he tweeted a similar message, with proper spacing, but also still featured "heel" instead of "heal." "Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heel, & we will heel, & be stronger than ever before!", the second tweet said.
He then deleted that tweet, and replaced it with a third, using the word "heal."
Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
Trump has deleted tweets in the past, including one in May when he abrutply ended an incomplete thought with "covfefe," which earned him widespread mocking on the Internet. In June, Trump was sued by two groups, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, in part over his deleted tweets, accusing him of breaking federal law by destroying federal records.
Regarding the Twitter flubs on Saturday, the Merriam-Webster dictionary trolled the president with a tweet explaining the difference between "heel", "heal" and "he'll".
heal (to become healthy again) heel (a contemptible person) he'll (he will)— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) August 19, 2017
"Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston," Trump tweeted. "Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you."
Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston. Police are looking tough and smart! Thank you.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
He also praised Boston's mayor, Marty Walsh, in another tweet.