He’s chasing windmills

This was said by Erin Gloria Ryan on the Chris Hayes show, All In.  She was referring to Trump.  This is a congruent conflation of “tilting at windmills” and “wild goose chase”, both meaning futile searches or pursuits.  “Chasing a ghost” might also be in the mix, and also “chasing rainbows”, the latter noted by “my ol’ pal”.  As everyone probably knows, “tilting at windmills” is a reference to the masterpiece “Don Quixote,” wherein the title character tilts at windmills, thinking in his madness that they are enemies.  He probably chased them as well.  A tip of the hat to Sam Edelmann, frequent malaphor contributor, for hearing this one and passing it on. 
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