Donald Trump invoked one of his most viral Twitter moments in his first post on TRUTH Social since the platform, founded by the former president, fully launched in February.
“I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” Trump wrote Thursday, just days after billionaire Elon Musk bought rival site, Twitter.
The post accompanied a photo of the 45th president holding his phone standing outside his Mar-a-Lago mansion.
“COVEFE” refers to one of his tweets from 2017 criticizing the media coverage of his administration – in which his typo sparked an internet frenzy and spawned hundreds of memes.
“Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” Trump wrote at the time.
Trump’s message on TRUTH Social is the first time he has posted since his social media platform fully launched on February 21.
The ex-POTUS previously posted on a Beta version of the site, teasing his return to the world of social media.
“Get ready! Your favorite president will see you soon,” Trump wrote in a message that was then shared by his son Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter.
Both posts now appear on his TRUTH Social profile page.
The official debut comes only days after Musk struck a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter – which permanently banned the former president from the platform in the aftermath of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Musk has vowed to take a less censorious approach to content moderation on Twitter and has blasted former company decisions – such as the move to ban The New York Post’s exclusive story about Hunter Biden’s laptop – as “obviously incredibly inappropriate.”
Musk even went on to blatantly accuse Twitter of censoring free speech, saying that is the reason why TRUTH Social exists.
Some speculated that the new ownership could lead to Trump rejoining the social media giant, but the former president quickly shot down the suggestion.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” he told Fox News this week. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”
In recent years, Twitter, and other social media platforms, has received much blowback from Republicans over various content moderation practices – particularly when it comes to censoring “disinformation” around the 2020 Presidential Election and coronavirus pandemic.
Even the Biden administration came under fire this week for launching a disinformation bureau under the Department of Homeland Security, which some critics say is just a way for the government to police free speech online.
Many have also criticized the administration for having the bureau lead by Nina Jankowicz, who repeatedly cast doubt on The Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop.