Donald Trump: linguist?

Donald J. Trump is a Renaissance man.

Real estate mogul, reality TV celebrity, dealmaker, serial groper (allegedly), president of the United States.

We can add linguist to his long and growing list of real and imagined skills.

The president came up with a new word. Perhaps you’ve heard it already. I am sure you have, as it went viral the instant he tweeted it around midnight.

He wrote: “Despite the negative press covfefe.”

There you go. That’s it. Covfefe. One’s mind can race through all kinds of explanations: Someone yanked the device from his hands in mid-sentence; he got distracted by something he heard on one of the cable TV “news shows”; Melania called from New York to tell him she wasn’t moving to the White House after all. Who knows?

I won’t join the h-u-u-u-g-e chorus of folks who are poking fun at the president. They all are much more clever than yours truly — which isn’t saying much about either them or me.

Trump didn’t take the tweet down for about six hours. By that time it had reverberated around the world many times. I only can await tonight’s comedic routines on TV.

I am left only to wonder yet again: How in the name of all that is holy did this guy get elected president of the United States of America?

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