We’ve all had a loved one enter the hospital for some kind of test or procedure. Whether routine or emergent, when someone you care deeply about needs treatment it’s always a relief when they are once again released to come home again.
You want to welcome them back with open arms and you might even post about it on your social media—”Grandma’s coming home!!”
What’s way less common is forgetting how to spell the name of the person you’re well-wishing—especially when that person is your spouse. ?
A FLOTUS by any other name…
But that’s exactly what President Donald Trump did on Saturday when announcing the First Lady’s homecoming after surgical treatment for a reported kidney condition, referring erroneously to his wife as “Melanie” instead of Melania. Though the tweet was quickly changed (no doubt by staff) to correctly read Melania, the tweetstorm could not be contained.
“Melanie.” Just...wow. pic.twitter.com/Apu2HYNP0G— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 19, 2018
Quickly the term “Melanie” started trending on Twitter, though most responses were there to troll the President imploring him to please share more about this ‘Melanie’ person.
Here is some of the tweet troll action:
Wonderful. But do tell us more about this Melanie.— Jarrett Bellini (@JarrettBellini) May 19, 2018
He forgot her name already.— Linda (@lindaworkerbee) May 19, 2018
Ha ha ha 😀 Too many woman, too many lies.— Patti Shaffer (@PatiWoman7) May 20, 2018
Melanie is who he was probably cheating with when his wife was in hospital— Dr Nikuv Riggington (@NikuvRiggington) May 20, 2018
Honestly I am shocked he was close. I mean he bangs a lot of chicks that look like that that have similar names. Give him some slack.— Re:Innovation (@ReinnovationOrl) May 20, 2018
Some folks thought it wasn’t such a big deal though:
It's funny that anyone has the time to waste just looking for something, anything, to say against the President.— Dennis Kocher (@denniskocherbio) May 20, 2018
Or maybe he didn't pay attention to the typo because autocorrect recognizes Melanie is common not Melania . Really sad that this is what you have to talk about. With the same measure you use to judge you will be judged.— RONDA (@RONDA44209856) May 20, 2018
But for those who sloughed it off as just a “one letter typo,” Klaas offered this elucidative tweet:
The problem isn’t the embarrassing typo—it’s the carelessness with everything that is indicative of a president who tweets first & thinks about consequences later. He’s got a full social media staff. But he just acts like his words don’t matter very much—and he is very wrong. https://t.co/5Ev5mF7HhE— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 19, 2018
Regardless, the FLOTUS has been released and according to the HuffPost:
The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Melania was resting comfortably back home and in high spirits.