President Trump tweeting in the wee hours of the morning is not news at this point, but Wednesday's addition was a thing to behold. The president tweeted "Despite the negative press covfefe," perhaps an attempt to rail against negative press coverage, but ended up creating a new genre of "covfefe"-inspired jokes at Trump's expense.
While social media can be a dangerous tool for any public figure, perhaps no one has more at stake in posting online than the president. As a presidential candidate, he was the subject of regular critiques for his fast and easy ways with grammar, spelling, and facts.
But Twitter seems like a good fit for Trump — it's reportedly the only app he has on his phone. And considering the reputation the social network has earned as the internet's "angry corner," so to speak, Trump seems to be the human embodiment of a 140-character tweet. He's been known to go on late night and early morning tweet storms, blasting the media or his other "enemies" in ways that any rational person might look back in regret in the harsh light of day.
This "covfefe" tweet might have been deleted since — followed by an attempt to brush it off as a joke — but it lives on on the internet. After all, Twitter may forgive, but it does not forget.
1Salt Bae usually looks... not quite like this
This imagining of Trump as the singular Salt Bae doing his salt bae-ing with "covfefe" earns the most laughs from this writer.
2Any Russian speakers in the house?
Grammatically, this makes no sense in the context of Trump's original tweet. But, then again, the word "covfefe" makes no sense in any context, so maybe it could mean "I resign" in Russian, right?
3Is this "Dungeons & Dragons" or "LOTR"?
I should have brushed up on my Tolkien, but it probably doesn't matter, because any Middle Earth-type fantasy works here. Much respect for whoever is behind the @CovfefeW and @CovfefeS Twitter accounts for this magical response.
4Sci-fi will not be left out
Look, I haven't seen Invasion, but I know the premise involves Amy Adams' character trying to establish communication with an alien species. Might they know what "covfefe" means?
5Remember this guy?
Trump's doctor made headlines of his own by releasing what amounted to the most ridiculous "doctor's note" of health most of us had ever read. Maybe he could define "covfefe?"
6Even a spelling champ won't know this one
Spelling bee competition: #covfefe— xaviaaa ❀ (@xavecbdl) May 31, 2017
- “Your word is covfefe.”
- “Can you use it in a sentence?”
- ”Despite the negative press covfefe"
Hey, guess what's on ESPN this week? The Scripps National Spelling Bee, that's what! Those brilliant youngsters won't be confronted with "covfefe," though. It's not an entry in the competition's standard Merriam-Webster's Unabridged edition (or any dictionary, anywhere, ever, for that matter).
7Don't give up yet, Jimmy
what makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 31, 2017
"Covfefe" is hilarious, but comedic gold can strike more than once a generation...
8Looks like Clippy's developed an attitude over the last few decades
This is what might happen if you asked for "covfefe" help, circa the turn of the 21st century.
9The follow-up scent to "Complicit"
There's a nice alliterative bonus for "covfefe," if it wants to, you know, become the sister scent to "Complicit."
10Is that fair to Michael Scott?
America's favorite boss in the corner office might tweet "covfefe." The more I think about it, the more plausible it seems, actually.
Meme on, Michael Scott. Meme on.
11"Covfefe" has all the letters we need for "coffee." NOOOOOO!!!
What would "Despite all the negative press coffee" mean? Has Trump taken note of all those caffeine addicts, otherwise known as journalists? As a non-coffee drinker, is he biased against "negative" coffee consumers, be they press members or anyone else?
I'd appreciate a professional linguist theorist's take on this, please.
12Autocorrect can be funny... and wise?
Weird. When I try to type #covfefe it autocorrects to "I should resign because I'm an incompetent fraud with obvious mental illness." Huh.— Christopher Smith (@smitallica) May 31, 2017
But when I type "covfefe," it just brings up "covfefe." The bots are smart (and fast!) indeed.
13Looks like a fun office
There's an office prankster in this place, and I am not complaining.
14What would life be like without the Urban Dictionary?
Answer: a world without this "definition" of "covfefe."
15Overseas and oblivious
Watch this clip of Trump exiting his photo op with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Then imagine the tweet reads: "Despite all the negative press spicy food." Yeah, it plays.
16Focus and re-focus
Yes there are far more important things to talk about than #covfefe, but reminding this president that he's an idiot is also your civic duty— Robin Thede (@robinthede) May 31, 2017
I'm always skeptical that these media gaffes are really planned stunts on Trump's part, meant to drive the news cycle away from some other, much more important story. But might it actually be more concerning if they weren't intentional? Please discuss.
17So that's how it's pronounced!
Say "cuv-fey-fey" aloud a few times. The definition here will make you laugh in a kind of hilarious, that's-too-true-I'm-really-uncomfortable way.
18Sean Spicer, don't ever resign
Melissa McCarthy's rendition of White House head spokesperson Sean Spicer is too sweet to lose. Keep that job, Spicer. Keep it for life.
19Obligatory "Simpsons" joke
There you go.
20Imitation is the highest form of flattery
#Covfefe may be gone, but the memory of it will last a lorftimez.— Brian Cook (@bchrisc) May 31, 2017
"Lorftimez" is also fun to say aloud. May "covfefe" memories last as long indeed!
21Pride cometh before a 'covfefe'
Maybe Trump shouldn't have so boldly declared his own heights of education, acquirements in the vocabulary department...
22'Princess Bride' reference? Yes.
23Seriously, wag the dog is a possibility
Again, there's the U.S. exit from the Paris climate deal, there's the ongoing investigation into Trump's administration ties to Russia, there's the ACHA... There's a lot of news that it would benefit Trump to drown out with something eye-catching; something, perhaps, like "covfefe."
24Some Trump surrogates' take-away
I applaud the President's courage, raising #covfefe awareness after 8 years of disastrous neglect by the Obama Administration.— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenamy) May 31, 2017
The reason this is the first you're hearing of "covfefe"? Obama negligence, naturally!
25Obligatory "GOT" reference
I don't watch Game of Thrones. But I do know about Hodor, and his endearing presence on HBO's monster hit series, based on the books by George R.R. Martin. So here's how you get from "Hold the door" to "covfefe."
26Stefon breaks down the Covfefe nightclub scene
Bill Hader's singular Stefon, a recurring character on Saturday Night Live, gives wild and non-sequitur-filled descriptions of "hot" nightclubs that make them sound absolutely horrifying. That seems about right for a club called "Covfefe."
27Trump should take Al Franken's definition seriously next time
Late-night tweets are rarely a good idea. Most adults have figured that out.
Whatever Trump meant by it, the fact that the original tweet remained on his Twitter feed undeleted for several hours is a seeming testament to a comfort with being mocked endlessly for the spelling error. And to be honest, that worries me.
But "covfefe" on, Twitter. Comedic release is an important component of political life right now.