Petition: Change Covington's Name to "Covfefe"
President Donald J. Trump's midnight incoherent tweet was the king of the silly side of the internet for most of Wednesday.
Trump tweeted just after midnight, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".
And that was it.
While it appears that Trump meant to write press "coverage", the tweet was incomplete and remained visible on Twitter for much of the morning on Wednesday. It was the number one trending topic on that social media platform for most of the day.
Pressed for what "covfefe" meant, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, “The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant."
Even the President, known for his prolific use of Twitter, had a little fun with the bizarre typo.
Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Trump returned to Twitter for much more characteristic posts later in the day, including a jab at his defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. That prompted Clinton to respond with a jab at covfefe:
People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe. https://t.co/M7oK5Z6qwF— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2017
Throughout the day, social media users had fun with the President's post, speculating about what covfefe may mean, and creating characters that were "summoned" by the word.
Meanwhile, in Covington, The River City News was not alone in having some fun at the expense of the President's tweet. Following a tongue-in-cheek post that featured an image of Covington with the caption, "Covfefe, Kentucky. A very fine town.", a reader pointed RCN to a petition posted to Change.org.
"Petition the city of Covington KY to change its name to Covfefe, KY," the petition reads.
It seeks 100 signatures from supporters who seek to capture the moment of internet humor and forever connect it to Northern Kentucky's largest city.
From the petition:
The city of Covington KY, founded in 1815, has always been a patriotic and forward thinking city. Since its inception, Covington has always strived to honor the presidents of this great USA (even being the home for Ulysses S. Grant's parents), but today we are presented with the opportunity to honor the words of the president and the 40,000 people of Covington by changing its name to "Covfefe", president Donald J Trump's newest catchphrase. This new name will allow us to honor legacy of the 45th leader of the free world and make (what was formerly known as) Covington into the bigly-est and most beautiful must-see place from sea to shining sea.
As of 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, the petition had just 18 signatures of support.
To see the petition, click here.