(Update: tweets corrected)
Hours after the tweet was posted — and after the error was lampooned by a number of people on Twitter, it was corrected, with an apology:
The department fixed that tweet quickly, changing “apologizes” for “apologies.”
It wasn’t the first embarrassing spelling error of the young Trump administration. A recent White House list of 78 terrorist attacks that it said the media had deliberately “underreported” was riddled with errors, explained by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank like this:
The list didn’t expose anything new about terrorist attacks, but it did reveal a previously underreported assault by the Trump administration on the conventions of written English.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
OMG, it's DuBois. Who is in charge over there?...oh, wait, I get it.— Jennifer L. Morgan (@ProfJLMorgan) February 12, 2017
Earlier this month, Trump talked about black abolitionist Frederick Douglass as if he were still alive — at least if Trump’s tenses were to be taken literally:
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”
Douglass, an African American social reformer and statesman, died Feb. 20, 1895.
(Correcting time of tweet)