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Showboat: Trump's Word For Comey Has Twitter in Splits


Updated: May 12, 2017, 3:26 PM IST
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Showboat: Trump's Word For Comey Has Twitter in Splits
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New Delhi: After "farrago of distortions" which Congress MP Shashi Tharoor used to get back at a television news anchor, the latest word to catch the fancy on social media is "showboat"—used by Trump as an explanation on why he fired James Comey as director of Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“He’s a showboat. He’s a grandstander. The FBI has been in turmoil,” Trump told NBC in his first interview since Comey was abruptly removed.

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Showboat is an informal word for show-off, with the Cambridge English Dictionary defining its verb as “a slightly annoying form of behaviour, especially in sport, that is intended to attract attention or admiration because it is very skilful."

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White House Principal Deputy Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later defended Trump over his choice of words, saying: “I think that it speaks pretty clearly. Those words don’t leave a lot of room for interpretation, so I think it’s pretty clear what he meant.”

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But many on Twitter found the adjective ironical coming from Trump who, to put it mildly, isn’t exactly known for being modest about his means and ways. Some reminded the US president that those living in "gold-plated mansions" shouldn't throw such stones.

First Published: May 12, 2017, 1:23 PM IST
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