The Russian investigation into alleged hacking and meddling in the 2016 presidential election took a backseat Wednesday morning and into Thursday to a more pressing mystery: Who or what is “covfefe”?
President Donald Trump tweeted the word just after midnight as part of a since-deleted message ostensibly decrying the media’s coverage of his administration.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” Trump wrote in a tweet that received more than 100,000 retweets and 100,000 likes before being deleted.
But what appeared to be a simple typo – albeit one that took until 5:30 a.m. to be detected and removed – became the No. 1 Twitter trend and an instant meme for the night owls of social media.
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel lamented: “What makes me saddest is that I know I’ll never write anything funnier than #covfefe.”
what makes me saddest is that I know I’ll never write anything funnier than #covfefe
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 31, 2017
The Kentucky Fried Chicken customer service account for the United Kingdom and Ireland reacted in shock.
“I can’t believe it. The final secret ingredient has at last been revealed…A sprinkle of #Covfefe,” @KFC_UKI wrote.
I can’t believe it. The final secret ingredient has at last been revealed… A sprinkle of #Covfefe
— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) May 31, 2017
goodnight – i am sick of all this fake media vasweiwei
— ROSIE (@Rosie) May 31, 2017
Merriam-Webster also jabbed Trump.
📈 Lookups fo…
Regrets checking Twitter.
Goes back to bed.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2017
Meanwhile, Twitter accounts belonging to midieval warrior and wizard wannabes such as “Covfefe the Strong” and “the Wizard Covfefe” suddenly emerged, claiming Trump had summoned them with the three syllable nonsense word.
“I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED,” wrote @CovfefeS.
“No, you fool! It is I who have been summoned! By the Great Orb of T’kketh!” @CovfefeW wrote, referencing a second meme: the recent picture taken by Trump and several Arab leaders around a glowing globe at the Saudi Arabia counter-terror center.
Trump revives ‘Crooked Hillary’ nickname. Clinton fires back with ‘covfefe.’
Perhaps attempting to escape the afterglow of his strange tweet that included the now famous combination of letters “covfefe,” President Trump revived his old favorite moniker for Clinton on Wednesday: “Crooked Hillary.”
He was responding to comments made by Clinton earlier in the day at the Recode Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where she was interviewed on stage by two tech journalists and spoke in detail about the 2016 presidential election.
“I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that’s not why I lost,” she said.
Clinton pointed to several factors as the reason she lost, including fake news on Facebook and troubles at the Democratic National Committee.
At one point saying she suspects Trump’s campaign might have guided or Russian government propaganda effects.
Russians wanted to spread misinformation about her, she said, but “could not have known how best to weaponize that information unless they had been guided. … Guided by Americans and guided by people who had polling and data information.”
When asked who she thought was guiding the Russians, she said, “I’m leaning Trump. I think it’s pretty hard not to.”
Several hours later, the president took to Twitter.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate. Hits Facebook & even Dems & DNC,” Trump tweeted at 8:40 p.m. EDT.
The Washington Times, Associated Press, and Fox News contributed to this report.
*updated 06/01/2017, 5:00PM EST*