Donald Trump left the internet hanging on Tuesday night. The president clearly wanted to get something off his chest around midnight and so turned to his favourite medium – Twitter.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” Mr Trump started tweeting.
Whether it was fatigue after a long day in the Oval Office, or fury over the press – at which he seemed to wish to rail against once more – Mr Trump was unable to complete his train of thought.
The unfinished tweet sent Twitter into a frenzy.
“This is the moment he became President,” one journalist, Zack Bornstein, tweeted.
“I was about to go to bed but I guess i have to stare at this covfefe tweet until it goes away now,” Ashley Feinberg said.
The reporter wouldn’t get much sleep, it seemed. After two hours, the mysterious tweet remained and, with more than 70,000 retweets, was fast becoming one of the president’s most shared posts.
As the tweet went viral, so did the trolling as jokes about the error started trending.
what makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 31, 2017
JUDGE: "Your word is Covfefe."
KID: "Can…can you use it in a sentence?"
JUDGE: "No, no I don't think that's possible." https://t.co/OzxYha8uHn
— Christian Becker (@TheAmazingBeck) May 31, 2017
Grab them by the #covfefe
— saurus (@drclawb) May 31, 2017
— Aaron Linde (@aaronlinde) May 31, 2017
Maybe Covfefe is Trump's safeword and he's finally telling us he's had enough.
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) May 31, 2017
Life covfefes at you fast https://t.co/CkeDhC9IO8
— Apparent Steve (@Steverocks35) May 31, 2017
— Julia Seattle (@Juliane_Seattle) May 31, 2017
— #TheThirstyHippie ⚜ (@just_loach) May 31, 2017
— City Fan (@US_MCFCfan) May 31, 2017
— Doug (@HeyImDoug) May 31, 2017
— Sueño Stereo (@leo1973) May 31, 2017
During the campaign Mr Trump used Twitter as his main means of communicating with voters and he decided to continue the habit in the White House.
However, it has apparently concerned some of his staff and the White House is reportedly considering asking lawyers to vet Mr Trump’s tweets.