The president tried to call for unity. Instead, he told the U.S. that it needs to "heel." He made the same mistake twice.
His third attempt was successful (not that it stopped Twitter users from mocking him).
Our great country has been divided for decades. Sometimes you need protest in order to heal, & we will heal, & be stronger than ever before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2017
After Twitter erupted over the president's spelling mistake, Merriam Webster's social media account––which has trolled Trump before––chimed in with a reminder.
🏥 heal (to become healthy again)— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) August 19, 2017
😈 heel (a contemptible person)
🙋♂️ he'll (he will)
Sample sentence: "For our country to heal, the heel in the White House needs to say that he'll resign."— Julie Leto (@JulieLeto) August 19, 2017
I think I would rather be trolled by a serial killer than a dictionary. Some things are worse than death— ((Adam Goldman))🇺🇸 (@AdamGoldmanFL) August 19, 2017
Others felt the president's tweet was a bit more ominous.
and for authoritarians: bring to heel. (transitive, idiomatic) To compel someone to obey; to force someone into a submissive condition— LarsManwaring (@LManwaring) August 19, 2017
I don't get this. Donald Trump wants us to heel, like dogs are brought to heel? Is that what he is saying?— Terry McConnell (@TerryMac2) August 19, 2017
As The Huffington Post's Carla Herreria points out so succinctly, "We can’t be too hard on the president. After all, it must be really hard to ask the country to “heal” when you’ve been defending white supremacists all week."