Scott Free: Donald Trump Makes Spelling Mistake, and Twitter is Making Him Pay
Scott Free quickly evolved into an online identity in himself, and the globally trending name spawned millions of memes, as well as more prosaic texts.
File photo of US President Donald Trump. (AP)
Donald Trump has been many things over the years, but a competent speller is clearly not one of them. The 45th and current President of the United States' fondness for Twitter has been noted by some, and while Trump spends a lot of time on the microblogging site, he clearly lets his spell-checker do the heavy lifting. And he still regularly makes mistakes in language and grammar.
Most recently, Trump was one of his regular Twitter tirades, this time railing against his own former attorney and personal 'fixer' Michael Cohen, who is under investigation for shady business dealings, many of which can be traced back to the work he did for the President, both before and during Trump's presidency. While haranguing Cohen, who is reportedly negotiating with prosecutors for a reduced sentence, Trump also whined about his former attorney turned informer's attempts to secure amnesty for his wife and father-in-law (Cohen's wife and father-in-law, obviously, not Trump's). And while employing a common phrase for escaping something, Trump made another typing snafu. See if you can spot it.
“Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time.” You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term? He makes up stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself, and get.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
....his wife and father-in-law (who has the money?) off Scott Free. He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
Alert users quickly spotted the typo and wasted no time in schooling Trump. Indeed, given the unintentional nomenclature, Scott Free quickly evolved into an online identity in himself, and the globally trending name spawned millions of memes, as well as more prosaic texts. Several jokes noted that Scott Free was a brand of tissue wipes, while others identified Scott Free as the real name of comic-book superhero Mr Miracle; movie buffs referred to Ridley's Scott's production company of the same name.
Even the Merriam-Webster dictionary's Twitter handle took out time to troll POTUS, noting that its servers had experienced a jump in users searching for the meaning of 'Scott-Free'. The dictionary even had an answer, kind of.
'Scot-free': completely free from obligation, harm, or penalty'Scott Free': some guy, probablyhttps://t.co/nQFL7I0ELH— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 3, 2018
Other Trump critics noted that they'd prefer Scott Free, whoever he is, to the sentient cheeto currently oval office and would vote for him, free of charge as it were. #ScottFree2020 is still trending, doubtless in no small part to its pleasing rhyme scheme.
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