Posted: August 31, 2020
This mashup was uttered by Trump in a rally in Wisconsin a few weeks ago. He was talking about the 2016 election, and the states he needed to win. Here is the transcript (around 24 minutes into his speech):
It’s hard for Republicans. You have to run the whole board, because they started off that we’re going to play for New York. With all of the crime in New York, I got to play for New York, because we did well in New York. We did well in New York, but we’re going to play for New York.
This is a congruent conflation of “run the table” and “across-the-board” (winning every game or opportunity). The former expression comes from the game of pool and the latter is found in horse race betting. Apparently Trump has used the phrase “run the table” correctly in the past. See https://www.wsj.com/articles/running-the-table-from-pool-to-politics-1457106718
A big shout out to Frank King for hearing this one on the David Pakman Show.