JK Rowling has mocked Donald Trump on Twitter, pointing out an unfortunate typo in a tweet he posted to brag about his writing ability.
The bestselling Harry Potter author, who has sold over 500 million books across the world, was so amused by Mr Trump’s error she filled her Twitter feed with laughter – writing “hahaha” for lines on end.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 3, 2018
Her hilarity was prompted by a tweet the US president posted attacking “Fake News” and explaining his idiosyncratic use of capital letters.
Mr Trump wrote: “After having written many best selling books, and somewhat priding myself on my ability to write, it should be noted that the Fake News constantly likes to pour over my tweets looking for a mistake. I capitalize certain words only for emphasis, not b/c they should be capitalized!”
In a series of tweets, Rowling wrote “pour” (again followed by lots of laughter), before mocking his claim to have “written many best-selling books”, suggesting Mr Trump may use a ghostwriter.
A biographer of the president, Tim O’Brien, quickly backed up her theory, tweeting: “President Trump didn’t write any of his books. Ghostwriters on all of them.”
Rowling also found Mr Trump’s evident pride over his writing ability very amusing, tweeting: “*wipes eyes, tries to control breathing* Seriously, @realDonaldTrump is the Gratest Writer on earth.”
Shortly after, Mr Trump’s original tweet was deleted, and replaced with a corrected version which used the correct spelling of “pore”.
In response, Rowling laughed some more and wrote “someone told him how to spell ‘pore'”.
And Rowling was not the only person to get in on the fun.
‘pore over’ 🔍”to read or study very carefully”
‘pour over’ ☕️”to make expensive coffee”
‘comb over’ 💇♂️”to comb hair from the side of the head to cover the bald spot”https://t.co/br20fgpmAb
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 3, 2018
The official account for Merriam-Webster Dictionary gave a tongue-in-cheek explanation the definitions for “pore” and “pore”, adding in a cheeky third option: “‘pore over’ “to read or study very carefully” – ‘pour over’ “to make expensive coffee” – ‘comb over’ “to comb hair from the side of the head to cover the bald spot”.
Chat show host Jimmy Kimmel and Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn were also quick to flag the president’s error.
It is not the first time Mr Trump has been publicly outed for his Twitter typos.
In December 2016, he tweeted about the “unpresidented” act of China capturing a US Navy research drone. He later deleted the post to replace it with the correct spelling – but not before he was widely mocked on social media.
Last May, Mr Trump’s infamous midnight “covfefe” tweet spawned numerous memes, its own entry in the Urban Dictionary and a whole host of conspiracy theories.