These presidential candidates made some strange Hanukkah blunders
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These presidential candidates made some strange Hanukkah blunders

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa July 18, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa July 18, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Less than 24 hours into Hanukkah, there have already been over 83,000 tweets about the holiday. Some of those tweeters were bound to make mistakes, but one would think that politicians running for the nation’s highest office wouldn’t fumble their holiday greetings. Sadly, a couple of them did.

Rick Santorum

Yes, Rick Santorum is still running for president. However, he seems to have missed the memo that Hebrew reads from right to left. In an initial tweet on Sunday afternoon – which he later corrected – Santorum tweeted “Happy Hanukkah” backwards in Hebrew.

If that weren’t bad enough, his tweet included the word “simcha,” meaning happiness, instead of the adjective form “sameach,” so his phrase translated more to “Hanukkah happiness” than “Happy Hanukkah.” Or rather: “ssenippaH hakkunaH.”

Donald Trump

Less than a week after Trump made some questionable comments to a room full of Jews, one of his senior aides betrayed a lack of knowledge about Judaism. Daniel Scavino, Jr., one of Trump’s senior advisers, criticized President Obama for giving a televised speech on how to combat ISIS on the first night of Hanukkah.

A Friday night would actually have been seen as less respectful, since that’s the Jewish sabbath. It takes some real chootspah to screw up like that.