The tweet had been active on Trump’s account without comment or clarification for two hours at time of writing. It had been retweeted 61,000 times and received more than 75,000 favourites, and climbing. That it had not been immediately deleted was confusing to users, who leapt to speculate what, exactly, Trump might have meant. The Merriam-Webster dictionary, which has a track record of fact-checking Trump’s tweets and neologisms on Twitter, decided to sit this one out.
Others suggested the tweet had taken the heat off US comedian Kathy Griffin, who had earlier been under fire for posting a video in which she held a replica of Trump’s severed bloody head.
Kristina Wong, a US comedian, observed that the domain Covfefe.com had been promptly snapped up.
Trump has been known to tweet on both Android and Apple devices in the past, but the “covfefe” tweet had been sent from the Twitter app on an iPhone.
The news site Axios had reported on Thursday that the president’s current device was an iPhone with only one app: Twitter.
It cited anonymous White House officials who said that limiting screen time was key to “forcing a more disciplined President Trump”, as witnessed on his overseas tour:
In Trump’s case, it’s curtailing his time watching TV and banging out tweets on his iPhone. Trump himself has been pushing staff to give him more free time. But staff does everything it can to load up his schedule to keep him from getting worked up watching cable coverage, which often precipitates his tweets. It has worked well overseas so far.
“SNL” cast member Sasheer Zamata, who plays the role of the magnifying glass-holding chief of “Where in the World is Kellyanne Conway?” kicks off the sketch saying, “She hasn’t been seen in weeks. No one knows where she is or what she’s up to.”
Then, addressing the show’s child contestants, she says, “Gumshoes, your mission today is to answer this question: Where in the world is Kellyanne Conway.”
The logo for the show features “SNL” cast member Kate McKinnon reprising her Conway character — but this time, she’s donning a Carmen Sandiego-esque red trench coat and fedora.
An a capella group — similar to the one in the real show — then belts out the following: “Well she used to be on TV, on like every single panel. One day we all woke up and she was no longer there. What could have happened, she is not on any channel, no. Tell me, where in the world is Kellyanne Conway?”
ACME Senior Agent Greg Lee, played by “SNL” cast member Mikey Day, then asks the contestants, “Are you guys ready to help us find Kellyanne Conway?”
Responds one of the precocious contestants, Stephanie, responds, “Well, we don’t want to find her.”
Day’s Agent Lee accepts defeat, saying, “OK, guess, that’s our show! Seven weeks and no one can find that woman.”
In an epic 25-minute rant on Last Week Tonight, Oliver breaks down exactly what the couple many think of as a “moderating influence” on Trump actually do — and what, if anything, makes them qualified to do it, according to Mashable.
“I know that all of this may seem like an evisceration of both Jared and Ivanka, but it is really not,” Oliver concludes at the end of his rant.
“I don’t know enough about them to eviscerate them. Just as you don’t know enough about them to justify putting any real hopes in them.”
“As of right now, there is still no conclusive evidence connecting the dots that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help them win the election,” the host said. “But there are so many dots. We are covered in dots. The Trump presidency is basically a 6-year-old with chicken pox. And the rest of us are so f—ing itchy.”
According to Business Insider, one dot Meyers explored was the request for immunity from prosecution from Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in exchange for his testimony to congressional intelligence committees and the FBI.
Flynn stepped down in February, after 24 days in his post, amid reports that he had misled administration officials about his discussions with the Russian ambassador before Trump was inaugurated. Flynn also famously led “lock her up” chants about Hillary Clinton during the Republican National Convention.
“These days, Flynn is apparently trying to make sure he doesn’t get locked up,” Meyers said. “There’s been a lot of speculation and uncertainty about what exactly a request for immunity means. Does it mean Flynn is worried about criminal prosecution? Or is he just afraid he can’t get a fair hearing?”
To help answer those questions, Meyers looked to statements Flynn and Trump had made in which they referred to immunity requests as signs that a crime was committed.
But it seems Trump has changed his mind. He tweeted his approval of Flynn’s request, calling the investigation a “witch hunt.”
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
“OK, but I don’t know if I would take legal advice from Donald Trump,” Meyers said. “Remember, he’s been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits. And just to give you a sense of what 3,500 looks like, here’s a photo of 3,500 people,” Meyers said as a photo of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration popped on the screen.
In the video below, Noah breaks down the latest Dutch national election. While Prime Minister Mark Rutte won re-election, the focus of the election was on the populist candidate Geert Wilders, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Mashable.
By all accounts, Wilders is the Trump of the Netherlands — from his anti-Muslim sentiment to his bizarre hair style.
Noah makes a stunning revelation. Trump, Boris, and Wilders all have the same voluminous quiff, which leads him to believe that the hair on their heads are alien lifeforms that have taken over their minds. It seems like a sound theory.