OOPS: Rick Perry Misspells Kim Jong-Il As Kim Jong The Second (II)

In an email statement regarding the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, Rick Perry mistakenly referred to the despot as Kim Jong the Second. The email titled, “Gov. Rick Perry on the Death of Kim Jong II,” incorrectly referenced the dictator’s name three separate times; it was correctly spelled once in the second paragraph. The incident was similar to a gaffe Rep. Rick Lazio made in his 2000 Senate race against Hillary Clinton, when the New York congressman made a speech about “Kim Jong the Second.


The New Yorker notes that in his presidential campaign, George W. Bush also “mistook the third syllable of the late Kim’s name for a roman numeral and called him Kim Jong Two.”

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