I love to laugh so you may be surprised that the whole covfefe kerfuffle isn’t making me chuckle. For sure, when President Trump (that still makes me shudder to type) sent out this nonsensical tweet Tuesday night…
…the internet had a field day filled with funny memes and every reporter took a crack at making their own covfefe jokes. The silly tweet dominated the news cycle and it felt great to have a light day where we could all laugh.
Here I come to ruin your fun: Covfefegate is a perfect example of the danger of the Trump administration. We laugh our way to the gallows while Trump again redefines reality.
1.The obvious: This man is an idiot and he runs the country
We all misspell stuff. Dear reader, you know that I am the queen of the typo. But I don’t have staff who would be more than happy to moderate one’s tweeting in order to keep the POTUS from sending out something crazy. Sidenote, we may assume he was tweeting about press coverage. How are you going to critique writers if you can’t handle 140 characters? This is not his first or last crazy tweet. This is how your elected President communicates with you, the same way your drunken ex did in college, misspelled nonsensical night tweets.
2. The Underhanded: While we were laughing, the Paris Accord
Trump has a showman’s sense of timing–while we were all laughing the world laughed at us as our country prepared to pull out of the Paris Accord. China is in and talking about the importance of taking responsibility to address climate change. Only Syria, Nicaragua and now the US stand alone in refusing to acknowledge and address the single biggest challenge facing humanity. How could we let this happen in a country with so much freedom? We’re busy laughing at covfefe, lulled into a surreal world where our voices, so loud at the women’s march, must battle a daily war against the nonsense Trump creates that dominates the news cycle. Yes, you can pay attention to more than one thing at a time, but scroll yesterday’s news feed–which story dominated memes, tweets, and attention? How many posts did you see mobilizing our political protest machine to address other issues? The craziness is just too crazy to pass up.
3. The Insidious–These Fools Really Doubled Down
While we were meming it up with covfefe , some joked that Spicer would be out to defend the word. It was a joke until Spicer made a cryptic response at the daily press briefing.
“Do you think people should be concerned that the president posted a somewhat incoherent tweet last night, and then it stayed up for hours?” the reporter asked.
“Uh, no,” Spicer replied.
“Why did it stay up so long after? Is no one watching this?” the reporter wondered.
“No, I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant,” Spicer said
Your man Spicer was dead serious when he responded and refused to come back to it to answer any more questions. Why play it so seriously with something as benign as a typo? The White House has a habit of redefining reality instead of taking responsibility for mistakes. We can’t forget the flap over inauguration attendance because Trump keeps reminding us. Rather than admit mistakes that are in plain sight, Trump and his lackeys deny what we all witness. Funny when it’s covfefe, but what about when it really matters? To Quote Paulie from Law and Order, “Tell a little lie, tell a big lie.” We have seen them tell little lies. We have learned, if nothing else, that this administration will lie boldly and unrepentantly.
There it is, a wet pile of covfefe that I have rained all over. Sorry about your covfefe parade. My bad for ruining your fun. I just haven’t had my covfefe this morning.