Donald Trump Claimed to Coin the 1930's Keynesian Term 'Priming the Pump'

Type: Takes Undeserved CreditMay 11 2017 Severity:

In an interview with The Economist, Donald Trump took credit for coming up with the 1930's Keynesian term "priming the pump" which is used to discuss government stimulation. He said "We have to prime the pump." The reporter responded, "It's very Keynesian". Then Trump asked if the reporter had ever heard that expression before. When the reporter said 'yes' Trump said, "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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