Negotiating with Trump is like trying to talk to Jello

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) uttered this gem on CNN January 4, 2019.  The context is regarding the recent Government shutdown over Trump’s proposed wall.  This is a conflation of “like talking to a wall” (a futile conversation because the other party is not listening) and “like nailing Jello to a wall” (a futile attempt at something).  Both idioms contain the word “wall” (appropriate in context, right?) and both concern something that is futile (a conversation or an attempt).   A hat tip to Tom Justice for hearing this one!


On the MSNBC show The Beat with Ari Melber, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D – CT) decried the loss of H.R. McMaster by saying that there are now “fewer even-headed, mature individuals in this administration”.  This is a mashup of “even-handed” (impartial or equitable)  and “level (or calm)-headed” (calm and practical).  This is almost a perfect malaphor.  The words “even” and “level” both relate to equity, and “hand” and “head” are body parts and similar sounding words.  Was this perhaps a Freudian slip, with the speaker thinking that the current Trump administration has some “odd heads” in it?  A shout out to “my ol’ pal” Beatrice Zablocki for hearing this one and sending it in!