While “covfefe” was likely a typo, the post remained online for at least an hour with no followup or correction, gathering more than 100,000 likes, replies and retweets combined. That caused this new entry into the lexicon to instantly trend:
I like that we all quickly googled covfefe just to make SURE first.
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) May 31, 2017
On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of covfefe
Rising up through the air
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 31, 2017
📈 Lookups fo...
Regrets checking Twitter.
Goes back to bed.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2017
Covfefe is like the word you scrawl in blood as you die so Columbo can figure out whodunnit
— Ira Madison III (@ira) May 31, 2017
UPDATE: Trump deleted his original tweet shortly after 6 a.m. on Wednesday, and replaced it with this one:
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
He did not explain what happened with the original message or why it wasn’t changed for more than six hours.