Make America garesdd again.
After it was revealed that Donald Trump’s staff deleted all his phone apps aside from his Twitter account to keep him on message, it seems like they should have left spell check on there too. The American president’s latest tweet has been causing a stir on the Twittersphere and while thankfully it’s not grounds for a diplomatic incident, it’s introduced the world to the glory of ‘covfefe’.
‘Covfefe’ came into existence at midnight Eastern Standard Time yesterday, when the president tweeted, ‘Despite the constant negative press covfefe’.
Now, we’ve all been there. You have a couple of drinks, you write a garbled social media post you forget about and then you hastily delete it the next morning – hoping that nobody saw it. Donald Trump doesn’t have that luxury. Donald Trump has 31 million Twitter followers.
In just six hours, the tweet accumulated 127,000 retweets and 162,000 favourites.
It instantly set off an internet storm. It trended on Twitter, it trended on Google and journalists from outlets as diverse as The Boston Globe and BBC News wrote features dissecting the elusive covfefe.
The Washington Post took to intensive investigative journalism, writing, ‘The word ‘covfefe’ does not appear in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. When searching for it on the company’s website, the dictionary suggests ‘coffee’, ‘coven’, ‘cover’, ‘covet’, ‘covey’ and ‘cuvee’.’
Merriam-Webster tried to help further, but eventually gave up.
The rest of Twitter also responded the best way they know how.
Unfortunately, we now live in a post-covfefe world. Trump’s tweet has now been deleted.
But remember: for six beautiful hours, the internet came together to ridicule the most powerful man in the world.
Important covfefe update:
Donald Trump has finally broken his silence on ‘covfefe’.
If you can’t beat them, join them. Here’s hoping the greatest minds of our generation will be able to tackle this issue and get to the bottom of this, once and for all.