Social Media Pundits Can't Get Over Error In Trump's Birthday Message To Melania

Wednesday was First Lady Melania Trump's birthday, and the president was quick to tweet a greeting. With Mrs. Trump still in New York City and the POTUS in the White House, it was a sweet gesture. Of course, people on social media were quick to point out a tiny little error.

The birthday greeting was splashed across a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Trump walking and waving on Inauguration Day. The message reads, "Happy Birthday to our First Lady, Melania!"

Below that, there is a red bar that reads, "First Lady Melania Trump 4.26.2017." The red bar is trailed by an American flag image.

That's where Trump gets into trouble.

Christina Wilkie was the first Twitter user to point out the error. "This is so weird: The American flag on @FLOTUS Melania Trump's birthday card only has 39 stars."

The current U.S. Flag is supposed to have 13 strips and 50 stars. The fiftieth star was added in 1960 when Hawaii became the 50th state. The flag hadn't had 39 stars since North Dakota joined the union back in 1889. But there were only 39 stars on it for a matter of hours, because South Dakota promptly followed and became the 40th state.

The 39-star flag was printed in error in the 1800s when someone got their wires crossed and thought that the Dakotas would be joining the union as one state rather than two. But that's the last time America has seen a 39-star flag.

President Trump has used the 39-flag image before. He used it when welcoming Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American aid worker, back home to America. It's unclear where he got the image or why he prefers it to a flag with the correct number of stars.

Some speculate that it's hard to fit 50 stars on a small flag image, so artists take liberties. Of course, leave it to Twitter users to start sparking conspiracy theories about Trump wanting to break the country in half or go back in time.

Source: AOL.com
Photo: Twitter/ RealDonaldTrump

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