When President Trump accidentally tweeted out the word “covfefe” in one of his late-night Twitter posts earlier this week, social media users went nuts trying to figure out what it meant.
The tweet said, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”
Hours after “covfefe” was posted, Evan Milton, 26, of Nebraska, noticed that it was number-one on the list of trending topics and decided that the word would make a great vanity license plate.
He later explained that ordering the plate had nothing to do with politics. Milton is part of a group known as “Trash Fire,” in which a bunch of longtime friends try to one-up each other with wacky purchases and stunts inspired by social media. “Of all the goofy things I’ve done in the last couple months this is pretty low on the list,” he said.
Now, not only has “covfefe” become “a thing,” but drivers in at least 21 states have ordered vanity license plates with the garbled word on it.
— Lincoln Journal Star (@JournalStarNews) June 1, 2017
Taking the matter very seriously, CNN reported that the plate “is not available in Texas but is available in several states, including New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”
The apparent typo was eventually deleted from Trump’s Twitter account, and a new tweet was sent out as the President good-naturedly played along, saying, “Who can figure out the true meaning of ‘covfefe’ ??? Enjoy!”
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also got in on the joke by offering what liberal outlets are calling a cryptic explanation for the tweet, saying “the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.”
Expect to see the president’s new “word” everywhere. In fact, the popular mobile game Words With Friends just added “covfefe” to its dictionary, which they’ve defined as “when autocorrect fails you at 3 am.”
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