Law professor suing Donald Trump has made a cringeworthy World War I anniversary Twitter gaffe

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By Katie King on

He’s a top Harvard academic who has appeared in the Supreme Court 36 times…

Top Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe made what appears to be a really embarrassing social media gaffe yesterday.

There’s no doubting Tribe is very, very clever. He’s one of only 24 current Harvard University professors, a title the Ivy League institution gives out sparingly. He’s appeared in the Supreme Court of the United States 36 times, and is now reportedly suing President Donald Trump over claims his business ownership violates the constitution.

While we’re sure 75-year-old Tribe is a busy man, he also seems to spend much of his time delighting his 91,500-strong Twitter following. Check out some of his angrier Trump tweets:

And then yesterday there was, um, this:

As many (many) people will know, WWI actually began in 1914. Three years later, American troops joined in the fighting. His Twitter followers were at pains to point this out to the seemingly confused professor:

Others, however, have suggested Tribe was being ironic:

But it seems his remark was just a genuine mistake. Tribe told Legal Cheek:

You’re certainly right. I meant that we initiated our participation in WWI 100 years ago yesterday.

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