Trump set the cyber world abuzz last night when he sent out a garbled tweet:
“Covfefe” was soon trending online, as users mocked the obvious typo. Strangely, the nonsensical tweet stayed up for several hours before it was deleted. Users rushed to invent hilarious interpretations of the phrase.
Today, Trump tweeted out a covfefe follow-up, trying to play it off as a joke, or perhaps, more absurdly, a code word.
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer just doubled down on the absurdity. When questioned by reporters about the tweet, Spicer refused to admit it was a simple mistake that had been overlooked, insisting instead that “the president and a small group pf people know exactly what he meant.”
Spicer on 'covfefe' tweet: "The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant." https://t.co/URM4mW8pmO
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 31, 2017
At this point, Spicer has shed any last bits of dignity he may have been holding onto. He has been reduced to creating ludicrous cover stories for typos. More disturbingly, the White House seems to think the American public is stupid enough to believe a story like this.
The reality is far more simple. Trump made a mistake, and his team is so disengaged and chaotic that no one noticed it, so it took hours to remove. At that point, they decided to lean into it and lie in the hopes that it would give them the illusion of competency. They’ve failed miserably.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.