President Donald Trump, who has set policy and feuded with enemies and sparked conspiracy all on his favorite social media platform, Twitter, tried something new Wednesday morning: he made a self-deprecating joke.
Trump’s comedic turn began in the early minutes of Wednesday morning, when he seemingly pecked out half of a thought before hitting send. “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” the president wrote at 12:06 a.m.
And then, nothing. Trump left his followers hanging for hours, leaving the post online and unexplained as Twitter stewed with a handful of theories and an avalanche of jokes about what exactly the president was getting at. #Covfefe zoomed to the top of Twitter’s trending topics. Twitter itself created a “moment” for users to peruse the typo sensation that had consumed the platform overnight.
Finally, the president checked in on the hurricane he had created hours earlier, hitting send on another post just after 6 a.m.: “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’ ??? Enjoy!”
Minutes later, Trump’s original tweet was deleted, his standard practice for posts with misspellings. Within a half hour, he had reverted to more well-worn ground, chiding Democrats for pursuing an investigation into potential ties between his campaign and the Russian government. He called the ongoing Russia probes a "witch hunt."
Peppered in among the thousands of replies, of course, were more covfefe jokes.