They say these days that the tweet is mightier than the sword, and US President Donald J Trump – yes, it still very much pains us to say – is perhaps no better proponent of that very 21st century of maxims.
Trump’s tweets – which he yawns out to his 31 million followers on an alarmingly-frequent (or should that be frequently-alarming?) basis – have become a universal plaything since he first announced his intention to run for political office, with his detractors keen to jump on the latest misguided policy announcement or stream-of-conscious rant while his supporters blindly retweet and abuse anyone who dares disagree. It’s an unrelenting vortex of shithousery that you’d be best-placed to stay away from if you value your health, sanity or the sanctity of your timeline.
Until last night, that is. Until ‘covfefe’ entered our lives.
The Donald, ranting about the ‘negative press’, took to Twitter to blow off some steam, and in the process managed to inexplicably coin a new term, nay, movement – nay! A brand new culture. Behold:
Naturally, one or two people picked up on Trump’s now-deleted typo, and the new word – sorry, religion – proceeded to take social media by storm.
Now this is what the internet should be about. pic.twitter.com/959KUUNmMJ
— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) May 31, 2017
— Absolute Radio 90s (@AbsoluteRadio90) May 31, 2017
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) May 31, 2017
— Hidetaka SWERY Suehiro (@Swery65) May 31, 2017
— Bojan Pancevski (@bopanc) May 31, 2017
— Digital Blaze (@nicoletreanor) May 31, 2017
— Jemima Sampson (@Jemima1989) May 31, 2017
— SimpsonsQOTD (@SimpsonsQOTD) May 31, 2017
— shivana sookdeo (@toastasaurus) May 31, 2017
Is it me or is #covfefe somehow the perfect description of these wild and turbulent times? No other words have captured it so succinctly.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 31, 2017
Tremendous. Incredibly, Trump has since tried to own his mistake, asking people if they can guess the “true meaning” of ‘covfefe’.
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Meanwhile, in news that’s been somewhat buried under the furore over ‘covfefe’, Trump is set to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord – a decision which could have disastrous consequences in the fight to quell the fast-spreading effects of global warming. Enjoy!
Well, shit. At least you can get 18 points for ‘covfefe’ in Scrabble, though.