It’s a two-pronged sword

Rep. Pete Aguilar of (D-CA & January 6th Committee member) on the Rachel Maddow show (Feb. 15, 2022) was asked if he expects people to comply to subpoenas, and he referred to it as a “two-pronged sword”:

Do you expect those individuals to testify and provide documents to the committee?

AGUILAR: Well, it`s a two-pronged sword there. We want both the production of documents, as well as their testimony. That`s what we`ve sought out of each individual who`s received a subpoena. That`s our expectation.

This is a mashup of “double-edged/two-edged sword” (something that can be both beneficial and problematic) and “two-pronged (approach)” (use two methods to get to the same goal). Actually, there is a two-pronged sword, and it is called a Zulfiqar. It was historically frequently depicted as a scissor-like double bladed sword on Muslim flags, and it is commonly shown in Shia depictions of Ali and in the form of jewelry functioning as talismans as a scimitar terminating in two points.

A tip of the hat to Ron MacDonald for hearing this one and sending it in!


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