On Tuesday night, the nation whipped itself into a frenzy over a now-deleted Trump tweet that happened to be more incoherent than usual: “Despite the negative press covfefe.” (The end.) Immediately, #Covefe was all the rage while Trump peacefully slumbered within the White House. No one on staff seemed to notice and/or care, so Trump woke up and spoiled the fun while wishing everyone good luck in figuring out what he meant. This left the beleaguered Sean Spicer, who wasn’t about to go on camera after Tuesday’s sweaty bolt-fest, to explain matters in an audio-only press briefing, which the press was instructed not to broadcast.
Surely, one can agree that Spicer faced an impossible task, at least on this question. Yet he really didn’t handle the matter well by making sh*t up: “The President and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.” And he was greeted with an audible commotion from reporters, who have just about had enough of his refusal to answer questions.
In other words, a common Twitter prediction from last night (that Spicer would say “the tweet speaks for itself”) was fairly accurate.
Many have commented over the past few days how Spicer, who has never appeared to like his job, seems to have lost the light behind his eyes. He only did an audio briefing today, which is almost a sure sign that we’ll see less of him as Trump’s presidency continues. Yet one wonders how long he can continue, since he’s moved on from mere alternative facts to feeling that it’s acceptable to say a U.S. president’s tweets — which, as a reminder, he’s not allowed to delete, per Congress — have a secret meaning.
It’s no wonder that Twitter currently echoes the below tweet cluster about Spicer’s explanation being “insane.”