It happened around midnight.
Trump, hoping to create a stirring speech for his worried, disillusioned and at times, angry, countrymen, had taken to Twitter. He wanted to say something powerful - perhaps about the death of the Great Barrier Reef, or about the Russian investigations.
However, it seems like he fell short of what he was trying to do. Rather than say something poignant and touching, Trump announced the following to his followers:
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe." - Donald Trump
The nonsensical tweet ended up getting shared over 127,000 times before it was taken down around 5:48 AM. Trump later joked about it saying that everyone should figure out what "covfefe" means.
Right now, it's become a viral sensation that has gotten people using the randomly misspelled word in a variety of ways - including corporate slogan jokes, as well as people using the word "covfefe" instead of "coffee."
That random tweet may be all fun and games, but what would happen if Trump's insane Twitter typing got really badly goofed? Considering that he's the president, it could lead to a major war. Here are some examples of what could happen if his past tweets had a single wrongly autocorrected word.
"Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East were great. Lying hard for PEACE. Doing well. Heading to Vatican & Pope, then #G7 and #NATO." - May 23, 2017
To begin, we decided to start out slow. This quote could cause a lot of problems if it had been tweeted, simply because it would probably make diplomats wonder what he's lying about. This might just be able to be excused with an apology, but considering how volatile everything is, it might still backfire.
The original quote?
"Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East were great. Trying hard for PEACE. Doing well. Heading to Vatican & Pope, then #G7 and #NATO." - Donal Trump, May 23, 2017
"North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly disrespected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" - April 28, 2017
Tweeting about North Korea is probably a good way to get missiles launched in our direction. It's not exactly like the country is being led by a stable person. In fact, North Korea seems to have a hair-trigger temper with launching missiles.
China currently is the only country that can really handle a North Korean decision to go to war. If Trump would have called the Chinese president "highly disrespected" or worse, "highly disrespectful," China would probably drop any interested in saving us in the event of a nuclear attack.
Considering that North Korea seems to be itching for an excuse for war that would be unfettered by China, this potential tweet could easily be the final blow to peace.
The original quote:
"North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" - Donald Trump, April 28, 2017
"China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea so, while nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they'd kill." - April 21, 2017
What could be worse than provoking North Korea again? Very simple - accuse China, an ally that's already lukewarm to us, of being too weak to handle the North Korean issue while also inferring that they'd murder everyone there.
Yes, this would be pretty bad. It would probably start a diplomatic uproar.
The original quote:
"China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea so, while nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will" - Donald Trump, April 21, 2017
"So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condones." - April 9, 2017
It's really scary to think about what would happen if a tweet came out saying that the US condoned a terror attack in the Middle East. What's scarier is how similar the words "condemns" and "condones" are. One mistype on a phone could make autocorrect choose the wrong word.
#Covfefe had a funny outcome; this definitely wouldn't.
The part of the full tweet we chose? It's down below:
"So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns." - Donald Trump, April 9, 2017
"Just blamed General H.R. McMaster National Security Advisor." - February 20, 2017
Nothing would quite be as bad as turning against your own country's military. However, we wouldn't put it past Trump to end up passing the blame for his tweets onto someone else, and why not one of the nation's generals?
Truthfully, we kind of are expecting this to happen eventually - especially if the White House actually does end up sparking a war. The original quote:
"Just named General H.R. McMaster National Security Advisor." - Donald Trump, February 20, 2017,
If you think about it, #covfefe shows that we probably got off easy this time.
Next time, autocorrect and random letters might be real trouble.