Yvonne Mason is a 61-year-old former high school English teacher who retired in 2017. But she still keeps busy. A viral Facebook post from Mason shows that paper-grading is a fever you never recover from. Mason has written a letter to the White House requesting Donald Trump visit families affected by the Parkland shooting.
“I had written to them in anger, to tell you the truth,” she told the New York Times. “I thought he owed it to these grieving families.”
She received a response, but says it in no way addressed any of the concerns she'd offered in her letter. Mason is a bit of a veteran letter writer, and has addressed her concerns through the mail to various government representatives. She says the replies have all struck a tone that made her think the writers were interested in what she had to say as a constituent.
So, Trump's letter failed to please. She got out her highlighter and pen and started marking away, writing things like, “Have y’all tried grammar & style check?” and “Federal is capitalized only when used as part of a proper noun," and “OMG this is WRONG!”
That last one is something we're all regularly shouting.
Then she took a picture for the enjoyment of her Facebook followers, and mailed it back to Trump.
If there's one thing we know about the president, it's that he's very open to being corrected.
You can see all the many, many issues with the letter yourself, but only a teacher could be so thorough:
Many people loved Mason's gumption, but lots of Trump supporters have piled on her.
She told the New York Times that she's gotten hundreds of messages, some from people offering her jobs as an editor, and some hateful, like a person who wrote she “must be a lonely bitter hag with a lot of cats."
But Mason doesn't care.
“Let them have their day, bless their little hearts,” she said. “They aren’t changing my mind.”
This is definitely not the first time typos coming out of the White House, or directly from Trump, have gotten circulated widely on social media. It's kind of a constant issue, even when they're announcing something important:
There are plenty of examples in Trump's own tweets:
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Did you spot it?
In fact, the typos and mistakes are so bad, that even the Merriam-Webster is clowning him:
counsel: ⚖ a lawyer appointed to advise and represent in legal matters— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 8, 2017
council: 🙋an assembly or meeting for consultation or discussion
And will we as a nation ever forget Covfefe?
But a lot of the mistakes are worrying because they should have been cleared up by the fifth grade:
It's even leaked into the Department of Education, who are seen here honoring Mr. DuBois with the wrong name spelling:
Though they apologized. With another typo.
This is the best the president can do, folks.
So get your highlighters out.