Yanny or Laurel? President Trump hears ‘Covfefe’

WASHINGTON — In a rare display of lighthearted humor, an unlikely source weighed in on the internet’s “Yanny vs. Laurel” debate: the White House.

The debate is this: a distorted audio bite plays and those listening in either hear “Yanny” or “Laurel.” Much like anything on the internet, disagreements over what is being said in the clip broke out almost immediately.

In a video published on the White House’s official Instagram page, various members of the Trump administration and White House staff weigh in on the viral internet argument. They take the opportunity to poke fun at themselves, and work in a few jabs while they’re at it.

The video cuts from person to person, capturing everyone’s reaction to the controversial sound bite.

Highlights include Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway’s “It’s clearly Laurel… but I could deflect and defer to Yanny if you need me to.”

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets told that there are reports that say she hears Laurel. She fires back, “Clearly you’re getting your information from CNN because that’s fake news. All I hear is Yanny.”

Vice President Mike Pence answers with a confused, “Who’s Yanny?”

And finally President Trump, staring straight into the camera, declares, “I hear Covfefe.”

Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.

© 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

Federal News Network Logo

More from WTOP

Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you.

Sign up