Politics

Hillary Clinton Says She Knows What 'Covfefe' Means

| by David Bonner

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has joined the voluminous online commentary about President Donald Trump's "covfefe" tweet.

Just after midnight on May 31, Trump tweeted a mysterious sentence fragment ending in a nonsense word: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe."

By 1 a.m., the post had consumed Twitter, mostly with humorous speculation on the meaning of "covfefe," which is generally assumed to be a typo of the intended word, "coverage."

After about six hours of going viral, the president’s strange tweet was finally deleted, either by himself or a staff member. At 5:09 a.m., Trump got in on the fun: "Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ???" he tweeted. "Enjoy!"

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In an unrelated post later in the day, Trump tweeted: "Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate. Hits Facebook & even Dems & DNC."

That, in turn, prompted Clinton to tweet: "People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe," reports the Daily Mail.

She was of course referencing the famous proverb, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" -- meaning "you should not criticize other people for bad qualities in their character that you have yourself," per the Cambridge Dictionary.

Clinton had already joked about Trump's "covfefe" tweet earlier in the day, while speaking at the Code Conference in Los Angeles. "I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians," she sarcastically said.  

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Despite all the good humor that greeted Trump's odd tweet, it has also generated some serious questions.

In a May 31 press briefing, Yahoo! News' Hunter Walker asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if "people should be concerned that the president posted somewhat of an incoherent tweet last night and it then stayed up for hours?" as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Spicer answered, "No," then added: "The president and a small group of people knew exactly what he meant."

The fact that the tweet was deleted might be against the law, notes The Independent. By law, the president's communications are required to be preserved, and the White House has been instructed by the National Archives that it
must "capture and preserve all tweets that the President posts… including those that are subsequently deleted."

But the president is not required to prove that he's done so, and although the White House has claimed that Trump's deleted tweets are being recorded, it hasn't offered any proof yet.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Independent, Cambridge Dictionary / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

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