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 the Wall negotiations than the folks at FAKE NEWS CNN & NBC! Look to final results! Don’t know how my poll numbers are so good, especially up 19% with Hispanics?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
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 harassment and threats from MAGA lunatics. pic.twitter.com/uNGepsjqBg
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) January 28, 2019
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 thing and delete the tweet, please report it and maybe @Twitter will protect this woman.
cc: @TwitterSafety @Jack https://t.co/gsmaEQIYHp
— PebblesJ (@Madison_Jourdan) January 28, 2019
You have to be sad for @JillianTurner whose mentions are getting destroyed and whose phone is likely on fire.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) January 28, 2019
Also RIP the menchies of the wrong Jillian Turner that Trump tagged in that tweet.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) January 28, 2019
Good luck, young lady. Us twitter folks will monitor the feed and help you.
— Carl Sveinson🇨🇦 (@CarlSveinson) January 28, 2019
You can watch Kimmel’s opening monologue here.