Trump just butchered a simple word live in front of the U.S. Coast Guard (WATCH)

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This morning, Trump attended a Coast Guard change of command ceremony, at which he attempted to put a more formal front on display by at least attempting to read from the teleprompter. And even that managed to backfire for the president.

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Despite assurances that he has the “best words,” Trump seemed to have encountered an especially tricky one that the 71-year-old full-grown leader of the free world couldn’t quite master.

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That’s “prowess,” which, ironically, refers to one’s skills or expertise in a particular field. For example, Trump’s prowess as an orator is dismal at best.

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Of course, the rest of his speech followed along similar lines, with the president referring to the U.S. Coast Guard as a “brand.”

“I don’t think any brand has gained more momentum … than the United States Coast Guard,” he said, as if the military branch is hawking t-shirts and hats on Instagram.

Perhaps Trump should spend a little less time systematically dismantling the foundations on which our democracy stands and a little more time practicing his vocabulary. Or at least ask his speechwriter to stick to one-syllable words.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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