Donald Trump has been mercilessly mocked online after he posted a strange tweet, just hours after Press Secretary Sean Spicer fled his first press conference since the president returned to the US amid a reporter revolt.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” President Trump tweeted after midnight on Tuesday.
The tweet was followed by countless trolling tweets with many people facing confusion as to what this strange word meant.
Within two hours, it had been retweeted more than 60,000 times and “liked” more than 74,000 times — making it one of his most popular tweets in months.
Quickly, the “word” covfefe began trending. One company even appeared to have made a shirt with that odd combination of letters written across the front in bold, block letters.
“Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my #covfefe,” wrote one user.
Don't talk to me until I've had my #covfefe
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) May 31, 2017
“What’s even the point of CNN if they’re not going commercial-free with #covfefe coverage?” inquired another.
What’s even the point of CNN if they’re not going commercial-free with #covfefe coverage?
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) May 31, 2017
“The next time I go to Starbucks I’m gonna order a grande #covfefe,” wrote one thirsty user.
The next time I go to Starbucks I'm gonna order a grande #covfefe
— Chris Demarais (@ChrisDemarais) May 31, 2017
Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s reaction:
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Regrets checking Twitter.
Goes back to bed.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2017
Some tweets employing “convfefe” offer the option to translate it from Norwegian, though that appears to be a glitch of some sort. “Convfefe” does not appear to be a Norwegian word, either.
Desperate for a definition, some Twitter users came up with a few, such as coffee or a synonym to “The Lion King’s” “hakuna matata.” (It means no worries, for the rest of your days. Some would say it’s a problem-free philosophy.)
The best part of waking up is #covfefe in your cup.
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) May 31, 2017
— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) May 31, 2017
Nine months from now there will be a flood of babies named #Covfefe.
— Zanti Misfit (@ZantiMisft) May 31, 2017
my band covfefe will be debuting at sxsw next year we have two keytarists pic.twitter.com/YkJdMIfhgO
— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) May 31, 2017
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 31, 2017
— ¡El Sooopèrr! ن (@SooperMexican) May 31, 2017
— Tony Moore (@TonyPixels) May 31, 2017
— Jordan VanDina (@Shrimptooth) May 31, 2017
— gastt (@gasttfromtumblr) May 31, 2017
— Geované M. (@geovanemorgan) May 31, 2017
People who missed the Twitter whirlwind tonight will be waking up to a brave new covfefe in the morning.
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) May 31, 2017
💥💥💥💥💥💥💥 Hope he's having a Nuclear Holocaust on the toilet right now. For real. Don't interrupt the presidents piping hot growler. pic.twitter.com/gSLITbnVs3
— Andy Juett (@andyjuett) May 31, 2017