When the Department of Education quoted civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois, they honored him with a typo.
The tweet said, "Education must not simply teach work — it must teach life," and it credited somebody named "W.E.B. DeBois."
William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B" Du Bois was the first African American to earn a doctorate at Harvard University, and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909.
It was Du Bois who was supposed to be quoted. Not W.E.B. "DeBois."
Internet trolls were quick to point out the error, and the tweet was removed by the department three hours later.
But what already started out as a slippery slope became greasier when a followup tweet was posted with the misspelling of "apologies."
Betsy DeVos was blamed for the Twitter errors, even though she didn't post them.
The controversial, political donor was confirmed as Trump's pick for secretary of education last week. Having no experience in basic education policy, DeVos has been working on dismantling the public school system for decades, and was met with resistance since her nomination.
The mockery of the department's clumsy tweets targeted DeVos.
The backlash continues...