Donald Trump just announced He invented the word “Fake”
Donald Trump believes came up with the word “fake.”
Trump credited himself with thinking of one of his favorite words in a Saturday interview with former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
The half-hour talk — which aired on the Christian network Trinity Broadcasting — captured Trump repeatedly praising and defending himself for some of his most recent controversies, including his paper towel tossing during his trip to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.
At one point, Trump boasted about coining a word that has been around since the late 18th century — and now constantly appears in his Twitter feed and public remarks
“I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is ‘fake,’” he told Huckabee.
“I guess other people have used it, perhaps, over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.”
Trump was likely referring to his favored term “fake news,” which he throws at nearly any news organization that reports unflattering stories on his administration.
This isn’t the first time the master of branding has claimed he came up with a common phrase.
In a May interview with The Economist, Trump said he invented the term “priming the pump,” claiming he “came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good.”
“Priming the pump” has been used since at least the 1930s, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, and even Trump himself had used it prior to that interview.
In his Huckabee interview, Trump once again reignited his feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz while talking up his much-mocked appearance in Puerto Rico last week.
While saying Cruz did “a very poor job” responding to Hurricane Maria, he spoke lovingly of the paper towel rolls he tossed to a crowd in a San Juan church in one of the most notorious moments from his day trip.