How Activists Are Using "Covfefe" To Back The Paris Climate Deal
That was some kind of night, huh? Late Tuesday and into early Wednesday, all of Twitter was engulfed by a trending topic that basically blotted out everything else: President Donald Trump's botched tweet, which abruptly ended with the butchered word "covfefe." And now, with so many important issues in play, some activists and journalists are claiming "covfefe" to help raise awareness about other, considerably more serious things, like the United States potentially withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.
The Paris Climate Accords are indeed reportedly in peril, with reports that Trump intends to withdraw from the landmark agreement. This is no surprise based on his previous pronouncements. He once tweeted that climate change was a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese government, an inane stance that Hillary Clinton called out during the presidential campaign. And yet she lost, in what's now becoming clear was a dire turning point for the Earth's future.
Trump himself tried to assert some control over the spiraling embarrassment on Wednesday morning, tweeting "who can figure out the true meaning of covfefe" after deleting the original tweet, and thus sapping some of its unbridled fun. Make no mistake, however. It wasn't the least bit hard to see what "covfefe" was meant to mean ― Trump was obviously attempting to tweet about "negative press coverage," but ended up typing "covfefe" instead. Then he bizarrely tweeted it before presumably going to sleep. This sent Twitter into a maelstrom of "covfefe" jokes for hours into the early morning, although by the time Trump woke up and started tweeting again, some observers were already using it to swivel attention back to one of the most important issues of the day: the Paris Climate Accords.
1. Oh, Oh, I've Got One
oh oh i've got one... trump backing out of the paris agreement would take the planet away from our descendants #covfefe— czar (@TheSameZiza) May 31, 2017
2. An Expiration Date On Human Civilization
The US rejecting the Paris Climate Accord essentially fixes an expiration date on human civilization. But sure, #covfefe. God.— Aja Romano (@ajaromano) May 31, 2017
3. Any Gopher Left?
Grandson: "What were u doing when America killed the Paris Treaty?"— Scott Gilmore (@Scott_Gilmore) May 31, 2017
Me: "Well there was this covfefe thing..."
Grandson: "Any gopher left?"
4. What The United States Will Do With Paris
5. Endanger His Own Grandchildren
6. Don't Worry, Folks
7. Covfefe LOL
Trump: We're leaving the Paris climate agreement so that the Earth and all living things burn before drowning.— the dead author (@thedeadauthor) May 31, 2017
Twitter: covfefe lol
8. Modern Politics In One Chart
Modern politics in one chart: Last day of search traffic for Covfefe in red, Paris Agreement in blue. pic.twitter.com/NZCkUnG2NB— Steve Koczela (@skoczela) May 31, 2017
9. A Super Pollutant The United States Will Produce
Trump tweeted #COVFeFe - Carbon Monoxide Vanadium Di-Ferrous. A super pollutant the US will produce after pulling out of the Paris Agreement— Ben Dickson (@Alien2human) May 31, 2017
10. One Of These Things
paris— katie zhu (@ktzhu) May 31, 2017
one of these things is not like the other
11. Bye, World
Meanwhile while we're all making fun of covfefe, 🚽 is going to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement. Bye world.— Ari Solomon (@VeganAri) May 31, 2017
12. Death Certificate For The Planet
Don't let "covfefe" distract you from the fact that, by pulling out of the Paris Agreement, he's signing a death certificate for the planet— Gabi Moskowitz (@gabimoskowitz) May 31, 2017
13. On The Other Hand
on the one hand, we’re pulling out of the most critical global climate accord at a time of profound crisis.— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) May 31, 2017
on the other hand, "covfefe"
14. Me Reading About Covfefe
me reading about covfefe --> me reading about rolling back birth control coverage and pulling out of paris climate accord pic.twitter.com/4VJK1nTb5x— Nicole Zhu (@nicolelzhu) May 31, 2017
15. Hahaha Covfefe Wait
hahaha covfefe wait he was calling legitimate journalism fake again while he's about to pull us out of the climate accords oh god we're so f— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) May 31, 2017
16. Disproportionately Affects Women & Children
17. What Else Is Happening?
Heh. #Covfefe was funny. What else is happening in the news?— Miles Luna (@TheMilesLuna) May 31, 2017
"Trump Pulling Out of Paris Climate Deal"
I absolutely despise our president.
18. Covfefe Doesn't Seem Funny
#Covfefe doesn't seem funny at all this morning after that man (if you can call him that) planning to withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement.— Beth Behrs (@BethBehrs) May 31, 2017
19. 12-Dimensional Twitter Chess
20. There I Was Hoping ...
the internet is melting because #covfefe.— Hope Not Hate (@mhsutton) May 31, 2017
There I was hoping it was because the US was redoubling its efforts to Climate Agreement.
21. What's Going To Be Funnier
Covfefe is funny but whats gonna be funnier is when Louisiana is underwater because Trump is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement haha— Evan (@Well_its_evan) May 31, 2017
In short, Trump's election last year looks to be a nightmarish existential threat as far as the environment is concerned, and besides the benefits of applying massive public pressure and outcry, there's no longer any way to stop him from scrapping the Paris deal.