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Trump’s ‘Covfefe’ Tweet Sparks Social Media Phenomenon

President's interrupted midnight post becomes trending hashtag on Twitter

President Donald Trump was up at midnight tweeting, and in doing so, he won the internet with an odd, interrupted tweet about negative media coverage.

At 12:06 a.m. Wednesday, Trump began a tweet, seemingly ready to excoriate the U.S. news media.

“Despite the negative media covfefe,” Trump tweeted.

But that was it. That was all.

The truncated tweet just sat there for at least an hour, gathering about 25,000 retweets from Trump’s millions of followers. And it also drew the usual emotions and reactions from Twitter users: scorn, anger, humor, parody, laughter.

Trump later deleted the Tweet and joked about it on Twitter.

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It brought out the worst in some users. But it also brought out some humor.

One of the best tweets was art done by someone, showing Trump in a classic Hopper cafe painting. But instead of James Dean and Elvis sitting around, it’s Trump, ordering “covfefe.”

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The tweet drew a reaction from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is selling a book rather than working on legislation.

“A #covfefe is a yiddish term for ‘I gotta go to bed now,'” said Franken, explaining Trump’s late-night mystery tweet, according to CNN.

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Yiddish. That’s kind of funny. Not bad for Franken, whose “Stuart Smalley” character was an overrated SNL character.

The new word also became a hashtag, which Trump fans used to go on the attack against Trump critics, especially celebrities such as Franken.

Other users suggested it meant a need for coffee.

“Good morning my friends!!! Iiiiits #Covfefe ….i mean #Coffee tiiiiiiiiiime!!!” said Kyle Hester.

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But for the most part, it became a tool to bash Trump, using humor — sometimes not.

RedWinePolitics said: “covfefe defined: a twitter storm created as a diversion to deflect from proposed actions to destroy planet Earth.”

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But Trump supporters gave it right back, especially as news broke that President Trump was likely to pull out of the Paris climate accord, a global non-treaty that encouraged the United States, without the consent of Congress, to meet unlikely carbon emission goals.

“Break out the best #Covfefe we got because America is getting out of the #ParisAgreement!!! #MAGA,” said Columbia Bugle.

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Harry Potter-type tweets were also common on Twitter about the “covfefe” tweet. Was Trump speaking a spell? Was it related to his touching of a lighted orb in Saudi Arabia at the anti-terrorism center?

“The only tweet you need to see about #covfefe,” said actress Angela Belcamino. In the tweet, a wizard is summoned when Trump tweets “covfefe.”

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