Donald Trump Is Taking Credit for a Centuries-Old Phrase and Twitter Is Having None of It

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Donald Trump, former reality TV star and current leader of the free world, recently gave an interview with The Economist (opens in new tab), during which he inexplicably decided he'd invented the phrase "priming the pump." Which, to be clear, he did not.

As you can see, Trump seems more than convinced his brain is responsible for this phrase. However, as Merriam-Webster points out, "priming the pump" dates back to the 19th century.

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And people are rightfully amused.

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Laughing, but also crying.

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Mehera Bonner
Mehera Bonner

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.