Puzzling tweet by US president late at night leads, naturally, to madness on the internet

If you havent looked it up already – dont 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.

It left many of his 31 million followers on Twitter baffled, and slightly concerned.

Anthony Brian Smith (@AnthonyBLSmith)

that was the moment Trump became prsiduvhirw pic.twitter.com/fKVPPNVFH0

May 31, 2017

The tweet had been active on Trumps account without comment or clarification for two hours at time of writing. It had been retweeted 61,000 times and received more than 75,000 favourites, and climbing.

That it had not been immediately deleted was confusing to users, who leapt to speculate what, exactly, Trump might have meant by covfefe.

Clive Thompson (@pomeranian99)

Does no one on staff have his password? Have they tried the most common ones? 123456, or 11111, or, like … “password”?

May 31, 2017

emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum)

It’s been five minutes. What if this is it. That is his final tweet & the rest of history stops.

May 31, 2017

Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg)

I was about to go to bed but I guess i have to stare at this covfefe tweet until it goes away now

May 31, 2017

The Merriam-Webster dictionary, which has a track record of fact-checking Trumps tweets and neologisms on Twitter, decided to sit this one out.

Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster)

Wakes up.
Checks Twitter.
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.
.
Uh…
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.
Lookups fo…
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.
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Regrets checking Twitter.
Goes back to bed.

May 31, 2017

Others suggested the tweet had taken the heat off US comedian Kathy Griffin, who had earlier been under fire for posting a video in which she held a replica of Trumps severed bloody head.

Victoria Cliett (@VictoriaCliett1)

Kathy Griffin: Tonight, I have all of Twitter paying attention to me!@realDonaldTrump: Hold my #covfefe.

May 31, 2017

Lauren Reeves (@laurenreeves)

“Thank god for covfefe.” -Kathy Griffin

May 31, 2017

Erik Brooks (@ChipBrooks17)

Congratulations Kathy Griffin. No one cares about you anymore. We have #covfefe now.

May 31, 2017

Kristina Wong, an US comedian, observed that the domain Covfefe.com had been promptly snapped up.

Kristina Wong (@mskristinawong)

Goddamit. Someone already bought #Covfefe.com. Probably the Russians. pic.twitter.com/duRrtb41PO

May 31, 2017

Kristina Wong (@mskristinawong)

I think #Covfefe is Russian for “Take Jared and spare me.” pic.twitter.com/pDpjqX0Cyg

May 31, 2017

The actor, Zach Braff, predicted Sean Spicers wholehearted defense of the word.

Zach Braff (@zachbraff)

“Not only is covfefe a word, it’s the greatest word ever uttered.” pic.twitter.com/kWhfLrFaKn

May 31, 2017

Covfefe was trending in the US as Twitter rushed to get its gags in.

billy eichner (@billyeichner)

When they go low, we covfefe.

May 31, 2017

Matt Slevinsky (@_MATTATTAK)

You used to #covfefe me on my cell phone. pic.twitter.com/rkp5r9XDJ0

May 31, 2017

Jason Filiatrault (@jfiliatrault)

“Nevertheless, she covfefe.”

May 31, 2017

Jordan VanDina (@Shrimptooth)

Finally figured out what Bill Murray whispered in Scarlett Johansson’s ear at the end of “Lost in Translation” #covfefe pic.twitter.com/fDFJUYlEz8

May 31, 2017

Eli Matthewson (@EliMatthewson)

*sings* IM
GONNA SWIIIIIING
FROM THE
COVFEFE-FE
FROM THE COVFEFE-FEEEEEEE

May 31, 2017

Travon Free (@Travon)

Ask your doctor if Covfefe is right for you. pic.twitter.com/XcDAXMNw1m

May 31, 2017

KimKierkegaardashian (@KimKierkegaard)

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived covfefe

May 31, 2017

Patrick Monahan (@pattymo)

When the covfefe hits pic.twitter.com/onkjuvcuVN

May 31, 2017

Jesse Singal (@jessesingal)

Don’t normalize covfefe

May 31, 2017

Matt ’15 (@Aggie_Matt15)

Media frantically typing #Covfefe on Google translate to see what it means in Russian. pic.twitter.com/0DubNBvs3C

May 31, 2017

Trump has been known to tweet on both Android and Apple devices in the past, but the covfefe tweet in question had been sent from the Twitter app on an iPhone.

The news site Axios had reported on Thursday that the POTUS 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:

In Trumps case, its curtailing his time watching TV and banging out tweets on his iPhone. Trump himself has been pushing staff to give him more free time. But staff does everything it can to load up his schedule to keep him from getting worked up watching cable coverage, which often precipitates his tweets. It has worked well overseas so far.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/31/what-is-covfefe-donald-trump-baffles-twitter-post

What is covfefe? Donald Trump baffles with late night Twitter post
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