President Trump is known for his unique manner of speaking, and, more famous, perhaps, for his unique Twitter shorthand. But on Tuesday night (May 30), the tweeter-in-chief set the service on fire with one of his most confounding, bizarre messages. Late at night Trump launched his latest attack on the press, but appeared to lose his train of thought midway through the midnight ramble.
“[d]espite the constant negative press,” he wrote. And then he added “covfefe.” It’s that last word, which, technically, is not a word at all, that got people fired up and launched the mother of all Trump memes. The president didn’t clarify or correct the apparent fat-finger typo, even as the phantom word ballooned into a worldwide trending topic.
By early morning on Wednesday (May 31), Trump appeared to have noticed his mistake and he deleted the original tweet, replacing it with, “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’??? Enjoy!”
But it was too late:
Just wrote new song called “Covfefe Me Up”
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) May 31, 2017
I’d like my covfefe with milk and sugar, please.
— Zedd (@Zedd) May 31, 2017
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 31, 2017
Goodnight Kids. https://t.co/eqblZqmT2G
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) May 31, 2017
RIGHT! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA https://t.co/ByHEJwOPJb
— lalah hathaway (@lalahhathaway) May 31, 2017
Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Covfefe.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 31, 2017
*goes back to sleep* https://t.co/uhCmxd6ig8
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 31, 2017
— Fusion (@Fusion) May 31, 2017
— Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens,
Little Covfefes & bigly Covfefes! #Covfefe —
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) May 31, 2017
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 31, 2017
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) May 31, 2017
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) May 31, 2017
— Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) May 31, 2017
— Lookups fo…
Regrets checking Twitter.
Goes back to bed.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2017