Donald Trump struggles with spelling on his Samsung

Technically Incorrect: Having boycotted his iPhone, the Republican candidate sends out several tweets from his Samsung device, complete with gaffes. Is it that tough to switch?

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Just make sure you spell it right.

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I sometimes emit horribly misspelled texts or tweets.

It's a painful thing when you're (supposed to be) a writer.

I don't, though, have the precision and intellect of Donald Trump. It's surprising, therefore, that his switch to a Samsung phone seems to have affected his spelling.


Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET


Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET


Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The Republican candidate is currently boycotting Apple because of its intransigence in refusing to obey a court order to hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

So he announced he's switching to a Samsung phone and has been seen to tweet from the Twitter for Android app.

However, after Thursday night's debate he sent tweets with some very curious letter selections.

First there was this: "Lightweight Marco Rubio was working hard last night. The problem is, he is a choker, and once a choker, always a chocker! Mr. Meltdown."

While not being chock-full of misspellings, this was something of a shocker. Trump's tweets normally cast a perfect spell.

A few hours later, things got a little worse. There were two more tweets captured by Twitterati and reported by Politico.

"Leightweight chocker Marco Rubio looks like a little boy on stage. Not presidential material!" read one.

Then there was this boner: "Wow, every poll said I won the debate last night. Great honer!"

All the imperfect tweets were canned and replaced with perfect versions.

But my intention isn't to decry Trump's spelling. Instead, I'm worried that he's struggling with the switch from Apple to Android.

This is something lesser mortals have fought with. For some, clutching a new phone with a new operating system means a strange mental adjustment. Nothing is quite as it was.

It would be understandable if the Republican candidate was still coming to terms with the switch.

Trump didn't reply to a request for comment.

Perhaps his iPhone and his Samsung have slightly different dimensions, thus affecting the position of the keys upon which his fingers fall. Or perhaps he hasn't enabled autocorrect.

Of course, there's another possibility. Maybe an intern sent the flawed tweets (something that's allegedly happened before). And if so, maybe this intern is also suffering from iPhone withdrawal.

If Trump's iPhone boycott catches on, perhaps Samsung will need to open halfway houses for the formerly addicted.