In a rambling phone interview on Fox and Friends, President Donald Trump accidentally said the quiet part out loud.
The President was doing what he perceived to be a victory lap on the show after the House Intelligence Committee overseeing the impeachment inquiry against him concluded its public hearings for the foreseeable future.
Shortly after peddling debunked conspiracy theories about Ukraine working with the Democratic National Convention to frame Russia for election meddling, the President, for once, told the truth.
President Donald Trump: “I do want, always, corruption — I say that to anybody!” https://t.co/VQNJ0oq8uk— PoliticsVideoChannel (@PoliticsVideoChannel)1574432230.0
When asked about Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland's testimony that there was a quid pro quo in Trump's correspondence with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump replied:
"That's total nonsense. I do want, always, corruption."
He proceeded to call Ukraine corrupt, and stressed that he was determined to weed out corruption.
But people couldn't help but notice his Freudian slip.
Call it a cornered criminal’s Freudian slip. Call it a slip of the traitor’s tongue. Donald Trump was so relaxed… https://t.co/CFxWOh50HK— Stephanie Kennedy (@Stephanie Kennedy)1574448608.0
@politvidchannel I do want always corruption?!??! Huh?!??!— Erin M&M MSW (@Erin M&M MSW)1574433935.0
@politvidchannel I wonder if someone put a truth curse on him...— Dee Kat (@Dee Kat)1574432865.0
@politvidchannel @RamJamRTR The Hosts of the show look like Trump stormtroopers are off camera pointing M4's at them.— : Destroyasaurus : 📡 [somewhat, very evil person] (@: Destroyasaurus : 📡 [somewhat, very evil person])1574433128.0
@atrupar That's his new re-election slogan— Cpt. Autism (@Cpt. Autism)1574434068.0
Weirdly enough, Trump has done this before.
Back in September, when discussing his now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump said:
"The conversation I had was largely congratulatory. It was largely corruption — all of the corruption taking place."
Here is the president on the White House Lawn confessing that he asked a foreign leader to investigate his politica… https://t.co/FwL8pnPMCO— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Matt Rogers 🎙)1569164894.0
At least he's finally being honest—even if it's accidental.