President Donald Trump brought back one of his confusing phrases on Friday, taking a swipe at his former opponent, Hillary Clinton, for having “acid washed” her emails.
The president isn’t always the best with the words. At one time, he seemed to confuse “oranges” and “origins,” and there are ongoing lists across the internet of his seemingly countless misspellings on Twitter.
And after a few years, he won’t back down from one of his confusing terms — his accusation that Clinton “acid washed” her emails. He started using the term before the election and dropped “acid washed” during a debate.
It’s hard to figure out how somebody would “acid wash” emails since they don’t exist in any real place; maybe he’s suggesting that she dropped all her servers and computers in a bathtub full of acid. In late 2016, Slate tried to figure out what he was talking about but got nowhere.
But acid-washing is an actual thing — it’s the process that jeans go through to make them look worn.
Here’s an example of that:
Acid-washed? You mean like this? pic.twitter.com/EEpq3bKZje
— Vicki Cain (@VickiCain) May 17, 2019
Trump, as often happens when he trips over his words, became the butt of more than a few jokes online.
Probably the best quip came from Spin writer Maggie Serota, who joked that “the emails went on tour with White Snake.”
The emails went on tour with White Snake.
— The Ultimate Worrier (@maggieserota) May 17, 2019
Some commenters were simply blunt about the fact that the president has his words mixed up.
Jeans are acid washed, not emails.
— Ethan Bearman (@EthanBearman) May 17, 2019
Others hit on the joke more bluntly.
acid wash jeans coming back in 2020 https://t.co/hJcEP8FRPn
— Katherine Krueger (@kath_krueger) May 17, 2019
Trump’s return to attacking Clinton seems like it might be the beginning of a 2020 strategy.
Though the president obviously won’t be running against Clinton in 2020, he’s spent the last few years using every opportunity he can to remind us that he beat Clinton in 2016. And we can probably expect him to continue reminding us of that right until the next election.
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