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The best covfefe tweets, the Trump meme that already peaked

What was covfefe, the Trump typo heard 'round the world?


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published May 31, 2017   Updated Jan 27, 2021, 9:23 pm CST

Donald Trump, America’s Twitter president, struck again in the early hours of May 31, delivering the following cryptic tweet: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” It seems likely that Trump intended to say something about “negative press coverage” but made a typo and accidentally hit send. Perhaps he fell asleep halfway through a sentence, phone in hand. Either way, the president didn’t acknowledge the bizarre tweet until 6am EST, when he attempted to joke about it:

The original tweet has been deleted, but everyone on Twitter still professes to be mystified by covfefe, and the nonsense word has become a genuine meme. Jokes speculating about the true meaning of covfefe peaked overnight: Parody accounts instantly popped up, and they even started interacted with each other:

Even the Philadelphia Police joked about it:

For many, covfefe is yet another sign of Trump’s incompetence and incurable addiction to tweeting.

For others, it’s all fun and covfefe until the president pulls the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords, an agreement among 195 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Regardless of what you think it means, the consensus is that covfefe peaked early and hard. If you missed it last night, it was over before you woke up. The covfefe meme backlash has already begun:

These are crazy times we live in, when an old man with a smartphone can mangle a tweet and start one of the biggest memes of the year. Don’t be sad if you missed it, though. The whole thing was a huge pile of covfefe.

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*First Published: May 31, 2017, 11:18 am CDT