Showboat: Trump's Word For Comey Has Twitter in Splits
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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“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.
The idea of this guy calling anyone a showboat without irony is very, very funny to me. pic.twitter.com/7EIvoELLeN— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) May 11, 2017
A man who threw a party when he tried to take healthcare away and holds rallies after elected called Comey a "showboat".— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 11, 2017
Trump is unreal!
A person who is as close as one can get to the human embodiment of an actual showboat called James Comey a showboat— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) May 12, 2017
Overheard: Trump calling Comey a "showboat" is like Liberace calling someone "flamboyant."— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 12, 2017
Irony Alert! 😂The guy who lives N Gold Plated Mansions-has his name on everything-feeds his ego w/campaign rallies-says Comey is a Showboat.— W Smith Ω (@WesSmith123) May 12, 2017
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