Posted: May 30, 2017
This one was spoken by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “It’s a bad attempt at a joke; that’s all there is to it,” Mr. McCarthy told reporters at the Capitol. He was referring to his earlier statement that Trump may have been receiving payments from Putin. You can read the entire context here in the New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/kevin-mccarthy-donald-trump-vladimir-putin.html?_r=0
This is a mashup of “by no stretch of the imagination” (no possible or conceivable way) and “in fact” (in reality). Of course, stretching facts seems to be in vogue these days. Here at Malaphors Central we just report the facts, uh, tongue slips. A big thanks to Jim Rectenwald for spotting this one!