At 12:06 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, the President of the United States tweeted:
Five hours later, that tweet was deleted and replaced with the following one instead:
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
It appears that Trump had meant to say “coverage,” but misspelled it. Then he fell asleep (likely in front of his television). When he woke up, just a few short hours later, he noticed the error and tried to correct it by making it into joke.
The Internet wasted no time making fun of #45 for his bizarre late night Twitter typo. Within minutes, #covfefe was trending on social media.
Urban Dictionary quickly created a definition for the word:
Twitter also went nuts:
— Beki Knott (@lotsofuss) May 31, 2017
I like my cofveve like I like my mnemn: dueskwoevtdienpql
— Richard Soames (@richardsoames) May 31, 2017
You guys are being too hard on Trump… remember JFK said "ask not what your #cofveve can do for you but what you can do for your cofveve"
— Postman Malone (@AlwaysFlacko) May 31, 2017
"Cofveve" = the final word in the inevitable Citizen Kane remake
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) May 31, 2017
starbucks is going to come out with a new drink called cofveve and they're gonna write #resist on all thr cups
— percy ? (@sqidey) May 31, 2017
Then there were the memes…
Ahhhhhh yessssss, the complaining on social media about what people do with their social media. The country is in ruin. #ParisAgreement is a BIG DEAL. I am permanently terrified and pissed off. But there's nothing I could've done that I was distracted from. I see it all – and I'm laughing at this horrifying douchebag through my tears. #PEACE #CovfefeForAll . . #covfefe