Many eons ago (October), Twitter was a place where everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, could come to find the best and dumbest content on the web.
In the months since Trump’s election, the beloved platform has transformed into a one-stop trauma shop for all things political. That’s why everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday night when the president made a dumb typo, otherwise known as the “covfefe” heard around the world.
For one night only, Twitter became useless and irreverent again — and ah, it felt so good.
So much has changed in the past six months, and the best way to see it is reflected on the platforms you use. If you’re a member of the #Resistance, or even if have like, two young cousins who don’t like Trump, chances are your social media looks like the following:
Snapchat: Selfies, travel pics
Instagram: Selfies, travel pics, protest pics
Facebook: A spattering of baby photos, cat videos and Huffpo blogposts calling for Trump’s impeachment.
Twitter: A hideous, traumatizing never-ending cesspool of breaking news. Tragic, 1000-tweet-long tweet threads. Posts that begin, “But her emails.” Retweets from conspiracy theorists you have come to believe are true. Hillary Clinton tweets that make you cry. Sean Spicer GIFS. Inscrutable, reddit-designed Donald Trump photoshops. That Melania GIF.
TRUMP: What happens if they uncover the plot & want to arrest me.
PUTIN: We’ll pull you out. Just tweet out the code word “covfefe”
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) May 31, 2017
Sure, it wasn’t like Twitter was the happiest medium prior to the election. But at least it wasn’t America pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. The President failing to recognize that Frederick Douglas was dead. 23 million people being thrown off their healthcare.
Covfefe: When you make a mistake, but play it off like you knew what you were doing.
“Trump’s entire Presidency was a real covfefe.”
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 31, 2017
It was cargo shorts and dress colors and on our worst days, Rachel Dolezal.
Covfefe provided the escapism Twitter so desperately needed at a time when it’s so hard to find. It allowed the internet to imagine, for a second, that the president was a sleepy grandpa who made errors, not an omnipotent narcissist with absolute control over their lives.
He was the old man who started a tweet, then farted and fell asleep at his keyboard.
It was a glorious relief. For a brief second, we could all pretend that the biggest threat that Trump posed to this country was that he had the IQ of a toaster.
Ah, what a second it was.
Of course, Trump isn’t a simple dottering old man who fell asleep at the keyboard. He’s the president of the United States, and a man who spent the past week undermining some of America’s most strategic alliances and threatening journalists, all while praising dictators in Saudi Arabia.
It’s terrifying stuff. So who can blame the internet for wanting to indulge in a little escapism and fantasize — even if for just one night — that their president was nothing more an old man who doesn’t know how to use his phone?
Not a danger but a joke, not a human but a meme, not a president but a harmless ol’ covfefe, here to make you laugh again.