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Post by T on Sat May 13, 2017 8:58 pm

Trumpery says he invented an 84-year-old phrase. But, why?

Maybe it was a joke?

This is the eternal undercurrent of the Trumpery era: Does he actually mean what he says? Is he riffing? Is he joking? Is he serious? Is he exaggerating? Is he lying? President Trumpery’s conversations and statements and braggadocio all live in the same nebulous cloud encompassing all of those possibilities, a Schrodinger’s box in which the cat has no fixed state until you look inside — and even then you’re likely to be told that the very dead cat you’re holding is, in fact, alive.

So we have a transcript from an interview Trumpery gave to the Economist magazine.

ECONOMIST: Beyond that, it’s okay if the tax plan increases the deficit?

TRUMPERY: It is okay, because it won’t increase it for long. You may have two years where you’ll … you understand the expression “prime the pump”?


TRUMPERY: We have to prime the pump.

ECONOMIST: It’s very Keynesian.

TRUMPERY: We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. Have you heard that expression before, for this particular type of an event?

ECONOMIST: Priming the pump?

TRUMPERY: Yeah, have you heard it?


TRUMPERY: Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just … I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.

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