Odd Trump Tweet About #Covfefe Goes Viral, And Comics Like James Corden Add To Hilarity [Updated]

Update: 6:30 a.m. President Trump did treat #covfefe with some humor.

And then went back to his normal rants.

2:20 a.m. and the post is still up on @realdonaldtrump on Twitter.

The term #covfefe is trending on Twitter and while many things out of the Trump White House have been angry and divisive this Twitter post courtesy of President Trump is bringing out the inner comic in many of those with a Twitter account. Just after midnight, Donald Trump tweeted a post that seemed to be half a thought and contained a word that has people scratching their heads.

“Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”

What is a covfefe? Is it a foreign word he picked up on his European travels? Is it short for something? Did Donald Trump fall asleep mid-tweet? While the word does not appear in dictionaries, there are quite a few guesses as to what it means, and the original post has now been shared more than 30,000 times.

What seems even more peculiar about the odd Twitter post by the account @realDonaldTrump is that nobody has let the commander-in-chief know that he made a mistake and that he might want to do some light editing. President Donald Trump is generally not known as the member of the Trump family with a sense of humor, so the longer this post stays up and the more people who poke fun, the less likely it is that Trump will be able to simply shake things off in the morning. Even late night comedians like James Corden have gotten in on the act using #covfefe in Twitter posts.

James Corden seemed to get the ball rolling, saying “I’m gonna try and go back to sleep now. Everyone stay #covfefe.” Some media outlets are supposing that Trump meant coverage, like press coverage, and not press covfefe, but more than an hour has passed, and there has been np change. Others are thinking that covfefe might mean coffee, as in “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my covfefe, and another thinks it’s a synonym for hakuna matata from The Lion King.

Fusion has started an online poll about the correct pronunciation of the word covfefe and where the emphasis should go, while others are simply being buzzkills, wondering whether “perfect liberals have never typed a typo in the middle of the night.”

Others are injecting covfefe into the old Cole Porter song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” changing the line about potato potahto to covfefe/covfafe. At this point it is well over an hour at 1:32 a.m. and the post is still up because likely Trump’s whole press team are all snug in their beds. But while the cat is at play the mice are having a field day.

If covfefe is coverage, and so the sentence supposed that Trump was talking about negative press coverage, it might be about his trip to the Middle East and Europe, or maybe even about Trump son in law Jared Kushner. Trump has been criticized in the past for spelling errors and typos, but Heavy asked the question about the why and how of this particular oops and what he was trying to say so late at night that couldn’t wait until morning.

“That’s quite a typo even for a president who’s been ridiculed for them in the past. The tweet also begs the question, of course, as to what the Leader of the Free World was doing up so late tweeting strange words that no one’s ever heard of before.”

Most of Donald Trump’s Twitter behavior is a sequence of rapid-fire tweets that are two or three in a row, or a bunch or retweets, usually from Fox News, but there was nothing around the covfefe tweet, and Trump had retweeted a favorable article about Jared Kushner a few hours before.

But regardless of the cause, there is a whole lot of humor on Twitter. One meme was a Wheel of Fortune puzzle solving for the word covfefe, with the clue being “words that don’t exist in the English language.” Other uses of covfefe involved other Disney films like Moana, suggesting that perhaps it’s a Polynesian word, while others say it is a term that has been a secret up until now, and Trump has let the cat out of the bag.

“Black folks knew about #Covfefe since ’96, but let one White person tweet about and suddenly it’s trending? Come on, ya’ll.”


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Do you think that covfefe is simply a typo? Do you think that President Trump fell asleep mid-tweet?

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