Republicans may have to recall all State of the Union tickets because they say “Uniom” not “Union,” per two Dem aides. pic.twitter.com/FosSnznIHp
— Laura Barrón-López (@lbarronlopez) January 29, 2018
The House of Representative’s Office of the Sergeant at Arms is being forced to recall some State of the Union tickets due to a typo which replaced the second ‘n’ in ‘Union’ with an ‘m’.
Multiple tickets containing the “Uniom” typo were distributed yesterday to lawmakers from both parties.
Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona) took the opportunity to slam Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, tweeting on Monday afternoon:
Just received my ticket for the State of the Union. Looks like @BetsyDeVosEd was in charge of spell checking… #SOTUniom.
An official with the Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives confirmed the misprint–which apparently occurred after a spacing change was made and someone mistakenly retyped the word in question.
In comments to Fox News, the official said, “A correction has been made and our office is redistributing the tickets.”
Earlier, two Democratic Party aides told the Washington Examiner that all State of the Union tickets may have to be recalled due to the error–suggesting those who were given the typo’d versions may not be able to attend President Donald Trump‘s speech to both chambers of Congress. That does not appear to be the case.
According to the House’s Sergeant at Arms Office, only “several dozen” tickets with the embarrassing typo were sent out before the error was caught. The office is now actively working to recall and replace the tickets affected.
A source in the Sergeant at Arms Office also later said they “will work with someone who has a misprinted ticket and make sure that they will be able to attend the event,” while continuing to replace the tickets containing the typo.
When pressed to account for the error, the White House passed the buck back down, saying the House’s Office of the Sergeant at Arms “is entirely responsible for printing.”
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