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Congress accidentally issues tickets to Trump’s ‘State of the Uniom’ speech
Photo via Lisa Geller/Twitter (Public Domain)
Those set to attend President Donald Trump’s first ever first State of the Union address instead find themselves invited to his “State of the Uniom” after an unfortunate typo found its way onto the official event tickets.
As people received their tickets on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s event, images of the glaring spelling error began to circulate on Twitter, to much amusement.
Republicans may have to recall all State of the Union tickets because they say "Uniom" not "Union," per two Dem aides. pic.twitter.com/FosSnznIHp
— Laura Barrón-López (@lbarronlopez) January 29, 2018
And somewhere in the Capitol, an worker in the print shop cackles with delight over his State of the Uniom handy work.
“Welcome to The Resistance,” he whispers.
— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) January 29, 2018
THE FEDERAL UNIOM: IT MUST BE PRESERVED!
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) January 29, 2018
Even the GOP’s own Senator Marc Rubio (R-Fl.) joined in the fun.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s State of the Uniom. pic.twitter.com/xdBUU3Pvo5
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 29, 2018
Meanwhile, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) spotted an opportunity to score some easy points and joked that it looked like Education Secretary Betsy DeVos might have been the one “spell checking.”
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) January 29, 2018
Not a bad effort by the Democrat lawmaker, but the gaffe is neither the fault of DeVos nor that of the White House—which has made a few hefty spelling slips in the past year. The typo is in fact the fault of the Sergeant at Arms office, which prints and distributes the tickets each year.
A spokesman for the office, speaking to The Hill, confirmed that the error was not fake news but real and that the tickets were in the process of being reissued.
Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress late Tuesday evening.
David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology. He previously covered civil liberties, crime, and politics for Vice.