President Trump Pretends Like He Meant to Tweet 'Covfefe'

President Donald Trump speaks at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)

Last night at 12:06am Eastern time, President Trump sent out a cryptic tweet that read, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. The internet spent the next six hours utterly confused. And, of course, there were memes. So many memes. And even an Urban Dictionary definition.

President Donald J. Trump’s deleted tweet from 12:06am, early Wednesday morning that read “despite the constant negative press covfete” (Screenshot)

But around 6am, the tweet was finally deleted and at 6:09am we finally got the president’s follow-up:

That’s right, President Trump is apparently going to play this one like he intended to tweet the word “covfefe.” At least for now.

Just to be clear, “covfefe” is not a word, despite the many guesses and jokes about what it could have meant. Merriam-Webster dictionary even weighed in late last night to simply express exhaustion with the entire thing.


We’ll update this post if and when Trump explains what the fuck is going on.

Update, 6:39am: Yep, it looks like Trump is just going to move on and never give the public an explanation for his bizarre tweet last night. He just posted a new tweet about the Democrats, the Russia investigation, and Carter Page:


Update, 6:48am: And Trump just finished his thought about Carter Page, a former advisor to the president. Curiously, Kellyanne Conway has claimed Trump doesn’t even know Carter Page.


And you’ll never guess where Trump got his tweets from this morning:


Update, June 1st, 5:32am: Amazingly, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn’t just admit that the president’s tweet was a typo. When he was asked about it in yesterday’s off-camera press conference, he claimed, “The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”


Reporters in the room started laughing and shouting “what did he mean?” Spicer ignored their questions and there was no further explanation.

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