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WASHINGTON — A half-sentence and a typo from the President of the United States are the most talked about trends on the internet.
Pretty much 2017 in a nutshell so far.
President Donald Trump tweeted “Despite constant negative press covfefe,” a context-free clause at 12:06 a.m. EDT Wednesday.
As of 4 a.m. EDT, the tweet has garnered over 108,000 retweets and over 135,000 likes.
To put that into context, the tweet in which he claimed – without proof – that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for voter fraud had over 52,000 retweets and over 160,000 likes.
Some of his most recent tweets hit the tens of thousands of lower retweets.
The tweet was finally deleted around 5:50 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
But at 6:09 a.m., Trump tweeted again, “Who can understand the true meaning of ‘covfefe’??? Enjoy!”
Who can understand the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
It looked like the president was going to complain about the press — something he’s used to doing — but it wasn’t part of a Twitter rant.
It was his first tweet in 8 p.m. (the last was a retweet of a Fox News article saying Jared Kushner didn’t suggest opening a Russian channel, citing an unnamed source).
Although covfefe was probably a typo when the president wanted to type a cover, he will wake up with a lot of nerve on Twitter.
— Jackson Dame (@jacksondame) May 31, 2017
— Phillip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 31, 2017
— Talya Cooper (@talicoop) May 31, 2017
what makes me the saddest is that i know i will never write anything funnier than #covfefe
—Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 31, 2017
TV host Billy Eichner didn’t have it.
It can’t be real. These people cannot be real. Please let him finish. LET IT FINISH!!!! https://t.co/UlERV8Svuz
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) May 31, 2017
One of the most popular theories is that someone tried to grab Trump’s phone in the middle of a tweet, and it was accidentally sent.
I like to imagine that “covfefe” is the exact moment someone attacked Trump and snatched the phone from his hands. https://t.co/96MAwttvdL
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) May 31, 2017
No word from Merriam-Webster on whether they’ll add it to the dictionary next year. They went back to bed.
📈 Research for…
Regrets having consulted Twitter.
Go back to bed.
— Merriam Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2017
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