Clinton is selling them down the tubes

During an interview with Anderson Cooper this week, Donald Trump responded to a question from Anderson on why he called Hillary Clinton a bigot.  Referring to African Americans, Trump said that Clinton is “selling them down the tubes.”  This is a mash up of “selling them down the river” (harming or disappointing people who trusted you) and “going down the tubes” (to become much worse).  “Down” is the culprit here, as it appears in both idioms.  Also, I suspect the image of tubing down the river might have floated in Donald’s mind.

For the first time, I received a malaphor spotting from two people, both who are loyal malaphor watchers and followers, Mike Kovacs and Sally Adler.   A yuuuge thanks to Mike and Sally for hearing this timely mixed idiom and sending it in!

If you liked this one from the political world, I have a whole chapter of malaphors uttered by politicians in my new book, “He Smokes Like a Fish and other Malaphors”, available on Amazon now!!



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