President Donald Trump made headlines earlier this week after he lashed out at Fox News and accused correspondents John Roberts and Gillian Turner of spreading "fake news" when they reported his most recent poll numbers.
Never thought I’d say this but I think @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner @FoxNews have even less understanding of… https://t.co/6DhNXUGzMm— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1548637689.0
But what you see above isn't the first iteration of that tweet. Trump deleted and corrected his first tweet after misspelling "Gillian Turner" as "Jillian Turner" and inadvertently attacking a 15-year-old California high school student.
Trump's error inspired television host Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue, in which he assailed the president for dragging an innocent party into his beef with his favored media outlet.
"Wow," Kimmel said. "Donald Trump attacking Fox News is like Trader Joe attacking the Fearless Flyer. It’s unheard of.'"
“But the best part of the tweet from our stable genius leader is that he misspelled Gillian Turner," he added, noting that “the Gillian Turner from Fox News spells Gillian with a ‘G.’"
The president's "trademark haste," Kimmel said, resulted in his "accidental tweeting at Jillian Turner with a ‘J,’ who turns out to be a teenager from Weed, California, which is where he should be living by the way.”
Jillian Turner was, as you can imagine, taken aback.
And she wasn't happy about it.
She also set her profile to private mode to avoid attacks.
The Jillian Turner he tagged had to set her profile to private immediately so she wouldn’t get bombarded with haras… https://t.co/8Bj6USn953— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez)1548637637.0
Although the president did delete his original tweet, many expressed their sympathies for the teenager.
PLEASE REPORT THIS TWEET! The Jillian Turner that he tagged is a private citizen. I doubt Trump will do the right t… https://t.co/8Yq6EcHk11— PebblesJ (@PebblesJ)1548637803.0
You have to be sad for @JillianTurner whose mentions are getting destroyed and whose phone is likely on fire.— Carmine Sabia (@Carmine Sabia)1548637915.0
Also RIP the menchies of the wrong Jillian Turner that Trump tagged in that tweet.— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz)1548638116.0
You can watch Kimmel's opening monologue here.
Trump's outburst came as the longest government shutdown in American history came to an end with him finally agreeing to a continuing resolution to reopen the government without border wall funding until February 15.
Trump has threatened to shut the government down again if funds for the proposed border wall aren't provided.
“Yeah... he's willing to do whatever it takes to secure the border… He doesn't want to... Let's make that very clear. He doesn't want to declare a national emergency," said the acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
.@MickMulvaneyOMB says @realDonaldTrump is prepared to shut down the government again in 3 weeks: “Yeah... he's wi… https://t.co/AwNfzAmp0N— Face The Nation (@Face The Nation)1548603495.0
Fox News anchor Julie Banderas criticized Trump shortly after he disparaged her colleagues.
“This is NOT right. I stand by my colleagues @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner They don’t deserve this,” she said. “No reporter does. They are doing their jobs and reporting the facts."
@realDonaldTrump This is NOT right. I stand by my colleagues @johnrobertsFox and @GillianHTurner They don’t deserve… https://t.co/ozL3AaP1rr— Julie Banderas (@Julie Banderas)1548679261.0
"Bullying journalists is not Presidential," Banderas insisted.
By going on Twitter and insulting two of our journalists @realDonaldTrump is putting a target on their backs. In tu… https://t.co/wmdo59isHm— Julie Banderas (@Julie Banderas)1548680359.0
The incident marked a first for Fox News. Trump has often referred to outlets like The New York Times, CNN, ABC, and MSNBC as the "enemy of the people" for printing stories related to the special counsel's Russia probe and anything remotely critical of him or his administration.