Trump education pick blames staff for poor word choice on Twitter

Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee confirmation hearing to be next Secretary of Education on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2017. 

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Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, blamed her staff earlier this week for a message sent out via her Twitter account that misused the word “historical.”

DeVos originally tweeted out that she was “[h]onored to witness the historical inauguration and swearing-in ceremony for the 45th President of the United States.”

The tweet was later deleted after several users noted on Twitter that the adjective “historical” is a reference to past events. “Historic,” the word DeVos later used in a corrected tweet, is used to refer to important events. 

Users on Twitter were quick to criticize the education secretary nominee for that and what appears to be at least one other grammatical misstep. DeVos is a top Republican donor and school choice advocate who faced the Senate in a confirmation hearing last week.

The dictionary company Merriam-Webster also pointed out the differences between “historic” and “historical” on the social media platform: 

DeVos sent out her corrected message Friday afternoon: 

Later, she apologized for the error and attributed it to her staff, saying it was “proof our staff members are only human!”