#covfefe hashtag on Twitter

#covfefe hashtag on Twitter

Donald Trump #covfefe: Tweet with misspelled word goes viral

Donald Trump #covfefe: Tweet with misspelled word goes viral

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Despite the constant negative press covfefe

— Donald J. Trump, Twitter

The apparently incomplete tweet was liked and retweeted hundreds of thousands of times, making it one of the most popular tweets of 2017, as people speculated on the meaning of "covfefe".

By 5:48 AM ET, the tweet was deleted, and at 6:09 AM ET, Trump's account tweeted:

Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy
— Donald J. Trump, Twitter

Reaction to the tweet spawned numerous Internet memes and jokes.

"#Covfefe" became Twitter's number one trending hashtag within an hour of the tweet, and "covfefe" was rapidly being shared as a meme in photoshopped images and via social media, garnering more than 127,000 retweets and more than 162,000 likes, making it one of Trump's most popular tweets in months.

The European media reported on the incident, focusing mainly on the reactions on Twitter that followed. Hillary Clinton joked at a Q&A session that day, "You don't have a high enough classification to know what 'covfefe' means." Later in the evening, in response to a Tweet sent by Trump that criticized her comments at the Q&A about the election, Clinton tweeted, "People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe." Right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham tweeted that "covfefe" is a new word meaning the collusion between the Democrats, the press, and the establishment against "the people".

Los Angeles Times columnist Matt Pearce wrote, "Covfefe had become one of those exhausting cultural events that, from time to time, inspires a collective response so that we feel in contact with each other, or at least do not feel left out." Barton Swaim opined in The Washington Post that the nation's fascination with "covfefe" showed that it must not be truly imperiled, or it would not have time for such jesting.

The tweet began in a similar fashion to messages from March that Trump opened with "Despite what you hear in the press" or "Despite what you have heard from the FAKE NEWS".

The most common theory is that Trump meant to type "coverage", given context and the fact that f and e are next to r and g on a QWERTY keyboard. Others have put forth the possibility that it could be a codeword, neologism, or proper noun. The lack of punctuation suggests that Trump may have been interrupted mid-tweet. Some Trump supporters hailed the tweet as an example of how Trump expresses what he really thinks rather than looking to polls or focus testing before putting forth his ideas and new words.

A Fusion poll attracted more than 42,000 votes concerning the correct pronunciation of covfefe. Chris Geidner argued that "the 'v' is silent; it's a classy word" and encouraged a pronunciation of "cō•feef (stress is on the secnd syllable)". Linguist Gretchen McCulloch noted that existing words provide little guidance on covfefe's pronunciation, and that the sequence of the voiced phoneme /v/ and unvoiced /f/ could be awkward to articulate.

In an article on CNN entitled "'Covfefe' tells you all you need to know about Donald Trump", journalist Chris Cillizza summarized the incident as "dumb" on its face. However, he stated that trying to find out about the meaning of the word, as Trump suggested in his follow-up tweet, is a waste of time, writing, "it's far more worthwhile to take a big step back and look at the situation that leads to the President of the United States tweeting, poorly, at 12:06 a.m. about the bad press he gets. What we have today — and, really, what we have had since the day Trump came into the White House — is a deeply isolated President who spends lots of time, particularly at night and in the early morning, watching TV and tweeting. That lack of discipline reveals that there is simply no one who can tell Trump "no." Or at least no one whom he will listen to."

Peter Sokolowski, an editor-at-large of Merriam-Webster, told The Washington Post that people tried to look up the definition of the word at the dictionary's website.
The followup Tweet sent by Trump's account, saying "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ??? Enjoy!" also drew discussion. Liberal pundit Kevin Drum noted "This is Trump making an actual joke and taking himself less than seriously. I've never seen him do that before."

On May 31, 2017, several Trump supporters on /r/The_Donald speculated that "covfefe" was an Arabic phrase for "I will stand up." The Daily Dot and The Raw Story noted that the translation provided by Google Translate was faulty and that a different spelling, "Cov fe'fe", was used. In an interview with The New York Times, Ali Adeeb Alnaemi, a professor of Arabic at New York University, couldn't find the source of mistranslation.

During the May 31 White House press briefing, Hunter Walker of Yahoo! News asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer about the tweet and if there was any concern about the president sending out "incoherent" tweets that stay up for hours. Spicer responded, "I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant" and offered no other explanation. This unexpected response spawned additional media attention and criticism for its cryptic meaning, with commentators unsure if Spicer was joking or not.

Callum Borchers of The Washington Post's The Fix noted that the Trump administration might have deliberately responded in a way that encouraged the media and the public to focus on "covfefe" instead of other controversies such as Russia, the resignation of White House communications director Michael Dubke, or U.S.-German relations.[32] CNN's Political Director David Chalian made the same suggestion, saying, "This was just nuts to me. By Sean Spicer doing this, it was like they were trying to continue the 'covfefe' conversation. They would much rather have that be the conversion instead of the latest on the Russia investigation."

Some felt that Spicer's explanation further eroded public trust in the White House. CNN's Gloria Borger stated that the incident was another example of the Trump administration's dishonest show of strength. Borger said, "There is no admitting a mistake. There is no admitting that a meeting didn't go as well as you thought. There is no admitting that a relationship with Angela Merkel isn't anything but 'unbelievably good.'"

Source: Covefe - Wikipedia