Donald Trump’s top three cyber-goofs

Posted on May 9, 2016


It may have been local election day in the UK last week, and the vote on the nation’s membership of the EU might be barely a month away, but one politician continues to dominate the British airwaves, and he’s not British at all!

Inherited billionaire and possible future U.S. president Donald Trump is very much at the pinnacle of today’s “no publicity is bad publicity” society. He’s regularly accused of sexism, racism and all round stupidity, but every little skirmish he finds himself in just seems to increase his popularist profile and, with challengers Ted Cruz and John Kaisch pulling out of the race to be Republican Party presidential candidate, it appears Hillary Clinton is now all that stands between Trump and his place in the White House.

There are many reasons why we might be perturbed by this but, since we’re all about the internet here at Engage Web, let’s focus on that. After all, Trump has not exactly shown himself to be a man of the 21st Century with some of the slip-ups he’s made connected to all things online.

Here are three standout examples of why the man who could be the most powerful individual on the planet by the end of the year should probably not be left on his own with any device allowing him internet access:

3. Expressing his ‘honer’ at his popularity

Back in February, a very sloppy spelling error was broadcast to the world from Trump’s Twitter account. It was quickly removed, corrected and retweeted, but not before some quick-thinking Twitter users screenshotted it and ensured its immortality.


Unless Trump was referring to a honing missile and how well it ‘hones’, that’s a bit of a stinker. It was also picked up on by fellow Republican candidate Marco Rubio, along with his ‘chocker’ (should have been ‘choker’) shocker.

2. Suggesting Paris was in Germany

Americans are often derided for their lack of geographical knowledge outside of their own country, but Trump seemed to be cementing this stereotype with a botched tweet at the start of this year:


He didn’t, did he? Does he really think Paris is in Germany? As I wrote at the time on our blog, I don’t think he does – it was just a case of him jumping from one idea to the next in a messy fashion. It was, however, a poor and unclear piece of communication at best.

1. Asking Bill Gates to close the internet

As impressive as the previous two pieces of bungling were, nothing quite beats suggesting that Microsoft founder Bill Gates should be consulted about “closing” some parts of the internet.

Here’s what he said last December:

“We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way.”

Bill Gates is an odd person to cite as the man who could implement this ambitious and seemingly quite unnecessary measure given that Microsoft is hardly the first name you would connect with the internet. In fact, Microsoft can no longer even claim to own the leading browser, with Internet Explorer having now been overtaken by Google Chrome.

Luckily for Trump, there are people out there who can help him with his online campaign. Maybe he should leave them to it and stick to what he’s good at, whatever that is.

Content Team Leader at Engage Web
John works for Engage Web as a Content Team Leader and regularly contributes to the website and programmes of his beloved Chester F.C.
John Murray
  • […] Trump himself is a fan of the site, and has described the platform as “like having your own newspaper company without the losses.” He has used it pro-actively to promote his campaign, but has also tweeted a fair few streams-of-consciousness, leading to some high-profile gaffes. […]

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