Wait, “covfefe”? No one knew what it meant. Surely it was a mistake that the president would soon delete. But after five minutes, he didn’t. Then a few more passed. Before long, social media was in a mad dash to try to define Trump’s typo.
What is covfefe and it mean
Trump has been known to tweet on both Android and Apple devices in the past, but the “covfefe” tweet had been sent from the Twitter app on an iPhone.
The news site Axios had reported on Thursday that the president’s current device was an iPhone with only one app: Twitter.
It cited anonymous White House officials who said that limiting screen time was key to “forcing a more disciplined President Trump”, as witnessed on his overseas tour:
When Trump was elected last fall, the not-so-funny joke on 4chan was that the United States had “elected a meme as president.” This has never felt more true than in the past couple weeks, as images of Trump touching a glowing orb and standing with an unthrilled Pope Francis have become widely Photoshopped and turned into the stuff of LOLs. Unwittingly or not, the president is always good for providing an opportunity for slightly Dadaist humor—tweeting “covfefe” in the middle of the night is just the latest example of that.
If you haven’t looked it up already, don’t bother.
Just after midnight in Washington, Donald Trump tweeted: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” That was it. No more. Just that word “covfefe” left hanging there.
But President Trump’s latest Twitter faux pas didn’t just provide the internet something to laugh at, it played to its greatest strength: Giving meaning to the meaningless. Nearly every great meme starts with an obscure word, hashtag, or image that is then granted humor based on what the internet does with it. “On fleek,” “Damn, Daniel,” Kermit sipping tea—all of these things have meanings given to them by people online. In fact, creating and spreading new language is one of social media’s greatest skill sets. So when the president tweeted “covfefe,” everyone’s brains and fingers were primed to dive in.
And so they did. A few hours after “covfefe” consumed the internet, Trump finally deleted the tweet and attempted to wave it off with a self-deprecating follow-up that simply read, “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’ ??? Enjoy!”
Figure out the true meaning? Oh, the internet is on that.
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