In a new interview with TBN host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), President Trump took credit for coming up with the word “fake,” saying he thinks it’s “one of the greatest I’ve come up with.”
“I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is ‘fake,’ ” Trump said. “I guess other people have used it, perhaps over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.”
Trump has repeatedly used the term in reference to the negative media and news coverage throughout his campaign and presidency.
Trump used the term while imploring Puerto Ricans to not “believe the fake news” about his administration’s response to the storm.
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The president also defended his tossing of paper towels into a crowd at a church during his visit to the hurricane-ravaged island.
“They had these beautiful, soft towels, very good towels. And I came in and there was a crowd of a lot of people, and they were screaming and they were loving everything,” Trump said. “I was having fun, they were having fun.”
“They said, ‘throw ‘em to me! Throw ‘em to me Mr. President!’ ” Trump said, before shooting the paper towels like a basketball into the crowd.
“So the next day they said, ‘oh it was so disrespectful to the people.’ It was just a made-up thing. And also when I walked in, the cheering was incredible,” he continued.
Trump also accused the media of “taking away the spirit of the country” in the interview.
This isn’t the first time Trump has taken credit for inventing a new word. Back in May, the president took credit for inventing the popular 1930’s economic phrase “priming the pump?”
He told The Economist:
The Economist: … It’s okay if the tax plan increases the deficit?
President Trump: 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”?
The Economist: Yes.
Trump: We have to prime the pump.
The Economist: It’s very Keynesian.
Trump: We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. Have you heard that expression before, for this particular type of an event?
The Economist: Priming the pump?
Trump: Yeah, have you heard it?
The Economist: Yes.
Trump: 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.
The Economist: It’s…
Trump: Yeah, what you have to do is you have to put something in before you can get something out. [The Economist]
The American Heritage Idioms Dictionary writes that “in the late 1800s, [‘priming the pump’] originally was used for pouring liquid into a pump to expel the air and make it work. In the 1930s it was applied to government efforts to stimulate the economy and thereafter was applied to other undertakings.”
Watch the full interview, below: