Retired Greenville, South Carolina, English teacher Yvonne Mason made headlines last week after it was reported that a letter she had received from Donald Trump was so poorly written, she found herself un-retiring in order to mark it up.
“I have never, ever, received a letter with this many silly mistakes,” Mason said.
The former Mauldin High School teacher promptly did what she had done thousands of times before: She corrected the writing and returned it, this one going back to the White House.
The letter was in reply to one she had sent the White House after the terrible school shootings in Parkland, Florida, this past February. While Mason understands that she was receiving a “form letter” from the White House, it does have Trump’s signature on it, and it is representative of our country.
“When you get letters from the highest level of government, you expect them to be at least mechanically correct,” Mason said.
She dinged the Trump letter particularly for repeatedly capitalizing “nation,” “federal,” “president” and “state,” turning these common nouns into proper nouns.
Mason was on CNN today to discuss her report card for the Trump letter, and while she said she hated “giving grades” and that it would be dependent on the class she was teaching, Trump’s form letter received a “D” from her, and “maybe I would give him something for effort.” Watch below and enjoy.
Retired English teacher who marked up a letter she received from President Trump that was filled with grammar mistakes: “If I were grading for that… I just don’t see that I could give him over a D… I would probably give him some points for effort.” https://t.co/cVcPSrRRxQ pic.twitter.com/Si8JrI0S8c
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