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Donald Trump Jr., in a telephone interview on 1210 WPHT talk radio, 9/15/2016:

They're trying to make sure that the moderators
are ultimately not fair to my father during the debate
and all of them understand that hey
you're part of the left and the media has been her number one surrogate in this
without the media
uh this wouldn't even be a contest
but the media has
built her up they've let her slide on every you know indiscrepancy
on every lie on every
you- D N C uh you- in-
game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing I mean
if Republicans were doing that they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now

There was a certain amount of feedback on Twitter

But there are precedents!

[h/t to Karen Sumner, who was intrigued by "Junior's rather useful double-duty word".]



  1. Ralph Hickok said,

    September 15, 2016 @ 6:09 pm

    Shades of Sarah Palin's "refudiate."

  2. Stephen Hart said,

    September 15, 2016 @ 6:50 pm

    Someone should tell Paul Krugman about this. He'll have to run a correction:

    Why Are The Media Objectively Pro-Trump?
    The Conscience of a Liberal (NYT Blog)

  3. Chris C. said,

    September 15, 2016 @ 10:49 pm

    Trump is entirely the media's creature. His entire primary campaign was won on the free publicity the media would lavish on him whenever he said something outrageous. So it's a little late for any of his own surrogates to whine about them.

    So is the problem for Trump Jr. that all of Clinton's discrepancies have been indiscreet, and that the media have been giving inadequate attention to her discrepant indiscretions?

  4. RW said,

    September 16, 2016 @ 9:05 am

    Stephen Hart: what does this post have to do with Krugman's article?

  5. Stephen Hart said,

    September 16, 2016 @ 11:06 am

    Stephen Hart: what does this post have to do with Krugman's article?
    In the transcript, Trump Jr. is claiming that the media are objectively Anti-Trump.

  6. Bart Bart said,

    September 16, 2016 @ 12:59 pm

    A public figure made a malapropism. Fish in a barrel, folks.

  7. Rod Johnson said,

    September 17, 2016 @ 8:25 am

    Given that this is a blog that's interested in language, and that this seems to have revealed the existence of previously unnoticed uses of the word, and that it's an example of overnegation,which is something of a preoccupation here, I would say those of you who insist on seeing this as merely a cheap political shot are missing the point a bit.

  8. Theophylact said,

    September 17, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    Portmanteau indiscretion/discrepancy.

  9. Gwen Katz said,

    September 19, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

    Reminiscent of "misunderestimate."

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