'Covfefe': Trump defends cryptic, incomplete 2017 tweet, suggests it might have 'deep meaning'
On May 31, 2017, Trump's post-midnight tweet read, 'Despite the negative press covfefe...', and the incomplete sentence left everybody confused
President Donald Trump loves tweeting, so much so that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in a recent interview with the New York Times that the former needs to tweet the same way people need to eat.
The president has posted several thousand tweets during his time in office. Many of these have faced slammed for either being overly critical of people or exposing inconsistencies in Trump’s stand. But perhaps the most infamous among his tweets was the cryptic “covfefe” one.
The bizarre tweet was posted by the president in 2017, and even as the world kept on guessing what he wanted to convey through that, the president himself on Monday, November 4, defended it. He said the term “covfefe” might have a deep meaning. Who knows?
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
On May 31, 2017, Trump tweeted after midnight, “Despite the negative press covfefe...” and the incomplete sentence left everybody confused. The president soon deleted the tweet but found it a good reason to joke about. Nearly six hours after the “covfefe” tweet went out, Trump asked: "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ??? Enjoy!" Comedian Chelsea Peretti had mocked Trump back then saying in a tweet: “har har har what a fun prez”.
har har har what a fun prez— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) May 31, 2017
For many, it was a typo from a man feeling sleepy.
The then press secretary Sean Spicer said the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.
Whatever the real reason behind the tweet, “covfefe” sparked jokes and memes across social media. Even a racehorse was named “Covfefe” after Trump’s tweet and last weekend, it won a $1 million race in the Breeders’ Cup.
A horse named “Covfefe” won a Breeder’s Cup event at Santa Anita today. Named after President Trump’s famous mistweet, she has now won six of her first eight races.pic.twitter.com/YhcdPukPqC— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 2, 2019
Daily Caller highlighted the horse’s racing feats and, in a tweet, threw light on the fact that the horse was named after the president’s “mistweet”.
Great! But how do you know it was a “mistweet?” May be something with deep meaning! https://t.co/00EXMCgQLp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2019
Trump was quick to respond on Monday and asked how Daily Caller arrived at the conclusion that it was a “mistweet”. “Maybe something with deep meaning!” he said in a tweet.
Scavino told other aides at the time that president had fallen asleep doing this tweet https://t.co/YPJcnfEWXg— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 4, 2019
But Maggie Haberman, a reporter from the New York Times with which Trump is not on the best of terms, said in a tweet on the same day that the president’s own social media aide Dan Scavino had told other aides earlier that he had fallen asleep while typing the tweet.