Far-right Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has generated a wealth of controversy for her constant promotion of conspiracy theories regarding everything from school shootings to wildfires in California, and—especially—surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 900 thousand Americans.
In an interview last week, Greene was promoting unverified claims that Capitol Police officers were surveilling members of Congress at the orders of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"Not only do we have the D.C. jail, which is the D.C. gulag, but now we have Nancy Pelosi's gazpacho police spying on members of Congress, spying on the legislative work that we do, spying on our staff, and spying on American citizens that want to come talk to their representatives."
Of course, Greene was referring to the "gestapo," the Nazi secret police, rather than "gazpacho," a chilled vegetable-based soup originating in Spain.
Using her official congressional Twitter account (her personal account was banned for vaccine disinformation), Greene addressed the slip-up in a recent post.
Greene ended the tweet with "Covfefe!", an allusion to an infamous typo made by former President Donald Trump in a 2017 tweet.
"Despite the constant negative press covfefe"
Never one to admit even the most innocuous of mistakes, Trump insisted the nonsense word wasn't a typo at all, but carried a hidden meaning.
"Who can figure out the true meaning of 'covfefe' ??? Enjoy!"
The White House press secretary at the time, Sean Spicer, suggested the same:
"I think the president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant."
Given the rehearsed cadence of Greene's delivery, though, people were hesitant to believe she'd made a slip-up.
Her invocation of Trump didn't help much either.
Sadly, the backlash from her comments isn't likely to stop her embrace of disinformation.