They just decided that they wanted to give him (Trump) a walkPosted: February 17, 2021 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: humor, idioms, language, words 3 Comments
House impeachment manager Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) was on CNN’s State of the Union, and was discussing the impeachment trial and the verdict. Talking about Mitch McConnell’s closing argument that supported the House Managers’ arguments, she said:
“They all agreed,” she added. “They just decided that they wanted to give him a walk and they found a technicality that they created to do so.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/delegate-stacey-plaskett-says-impeachment-trial-needed-more-senators-with-spines
This is a nice conflation of “to give (one) a pass” (accept someone’s improper actions or behavior without punishment) and “walk away from (someone or something)”, (to come through on the other side of an event without suffering any harm). “Let him walk” (acquitted on a criminal charge) was probably also in the mix. Of course, “walk the plank” (to suffer punishment at the hands of someone) might have been on her mind, considering the context. A big thanks to Bruce Ryan for hearing this one and sending it in!
Or maybe it’s a baseball metaphor: walking him instead of letting him try to bat his way out of it.
Good one, Beth. That certainly could have been on the speaker’s mind as well. After all, we are all getting anxious for Spring Training!
I agree with the commenter re baseball.
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