Trump Claims He Invented A Phrase Which Has Been Used Since The 1800s


Who out there knew that Donald Trump coined the phrase “priming the pump?” Raise your hands.

Okay, all you Trump supporters put your hands down. That common phrase has been around since the 1800s.

But that didn’t stop the current resident of the White House from laying claim to the saying. As The Week reports, Trump took credit for inventing “priming the pump” himself just a few days ago:

Trump’s interview with 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”?
We have to prime the pump.

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

Priming the pump?
Yeah, have you heard it?

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.

Yeah, what you have to do is you have to put something in before you can get something out. [The Economist]

Truth be told, Trump has used this phrase longer ago than just “a couple of days” ago.

The American Heritage Idioms Dictionary writes that the phrase “priming the pump” was originally for pouring liquid into a pump to expel the air and make it work in the late 1800s. Then, in the 1930s it was used describe government efforts to stimulate the economy.

Trump’s hilarious troll the notable Merriam-Webster dictionary also educated Trump on this common phrase:


Is there ANYTHING Donald Trump doesn’t lie about? No, not even the weather. He saw the sun on his umbrella-filled inauguration day.

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