- US President Donald Trump misspelt “smoking” twice in one tweet on Monday.
- “Democrats can’t find a Smocking [sic] Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking [sic] Gun,” he tweeted.
- People piled in to mock the president for his typo, which was reminiscent of his “covfefe” gaffe last year.
- Among those to mock Trump was one of his most vocal critics JK Rowling, who had the perfect response to the spelling error.
- “The world’s in such a state, I almost feel like taking up smocking again,” she tweeted.
The “Harry Potter” author has made her views on the President of the United States crystal clear since before he was even elected.
It came as no surprise, then, when the celebrated writer piled in to mock the president over his latest Twitter gaffe, wherein he misspelt “smoking” – twice.
“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.
The mistake drew a number of hilarious responses: “What a pity, to see the once majestic office of the #POTUS reduced to a laughingsmock,” Jonathan Penn wrote.
— Jonathan Penn (@jpennwrites) December 11, 2018
“A smocking gun sounds like something a well-prepared contestant would bring to Project Runway,” Time Out New York theatre editor Adam Feldman wrote.
A smocking gun sounds like something a well-prepared contestant would bring to Project Runway
— Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) December 10, 2018
Merriam-Webster dictionary waded in with a definition (as it often does in times of shared internet humour). It turns out “smocking” is a real word, but it means a type of embroidery made of many small folds sewn into place – so probably not what the president was going for.
Today in Spellcheck Can't Save You:
'Smocking' is a type of embroidery made of many small folds sewn into place. https://t.co/3wbxPG24ne
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 10, 2018
It was Trump’s old nemesis Rowling, though, who delivered the best response: “The world’s in such a state, I almost feel like taking up smocking again.”
The world's in such a state, I almost feel like taking up smocking again. pic.twitter.com/zJCqYtjluv
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 10, 2018
Her post had received over 32,000 likes at the time of writing.
The president’s grammar error drew comparisons to his infamous “covfefe” tweet last year, which set the internet into meltdown at the time.
Rowling commented on that mistake too, saying: “You’re all laughing, but perhaps the real Twitter is the covfefe we make along the way.”
You're all laughing, but perhaps the real Twitter is the covfefe we make along the way. pic.twitter.com/WksVYbYJxA
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 31, 2017
If one thing seems clear, it’s that Rowling won’t be stopping her derision of Trump any time soon.