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Published: Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 9:06 AM
COVINGTON, Ky — Covfefegate recently reached a new level with a “humorous” online petition to change the name of the city of Covington to Covfefegate.
The petition on Change.org has 145 supporters who want to change the name of the small city south of Cincinnati with a population of 40,640 to Covfefe — a word used by President Donald Trump in a May 31 tweet.
The petition states:
“... today we are presented with the opportunity to honor the words of the president and the 40,000 people of Covington by changing its name to "Covfefe", president Donald J Trump's newest catchphrase. This new name will allow us to honor legacy of the 45th leader of the free world and make (what was formerly known as) Covington into the bigly-est and most beautiful must-see place from sea to shining sea.”
Trump is planning to visit Ohio and Kentucky this week, according to a Associated Press report. The president’s visit will be part of a week-long White House effort to emphasize Trump’s plan to use $200 billion in tax breaks to help generate $1 trillion in public and private investment to pay for improving the nation’s infrastructure.
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A news release about the city-related name change petition states several petitioners plan to attend one of the locations where Trump will visit on Wednesday. The petitioners will be with signs promoting the joke, as well as seek signatures.
Within the last week, people across the country have been grabbing covfefe memorabilia. T-shirts and coffee mugs with the word are available online.
"Like the Brent Spence bridge, laughter brings people together,” said the petition organizer and advocate Jared K in a news release. “Walls tear people apart. We just want to Make America Laugh Again."
The petition is one of three covfefe-related petitions on Change.org. A petition to make 'covfefe' word of the year in 2017 has 22 supporters while another petition to make covfefe part of the English language has five.
In addition to the online petition, covfefe memorabilia has made its way online on t-shirts and coffee cups. There are also news reports about drivers who have already reserved or purchased customized license plates with the word Covfefe.
Ohio drivers who may have been contemplating getting a customized Covfefe license plate may be too late. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles websites reports covfefe is not available.