Former President Donald Trump is known for spewing bizarre claims at his infamously off-the-cuff rally speeches. He absurdly claimed that wind turbines cause cancer and that liberals were targeting the pressure of America's showers.
Another weird complaint from the former President revolved around toilets, and new reporting from Maggie Haberman of the New York Times may have just given insight for Trump's fixation on flushing.
With revelations that Trump's team improperly removed or destroyed White House documents required by law to be submitted to the National Archives, there's been enhanced scrutiny of the former President's handling of records during his tenure.
In her latest book, Haberman reports that White House residence staff frequently found documents flushed down the toilet, often resulting in clogs that had to be removed by maintenance. The staffers suspected Trump himself was behind the flushing.
The new reporting has revived Trump's bizarre comments on toilet flushing during the 2020 campaign.
Here's a refresher.
Trump said in 2019:
"People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water, so EPA is looking at that very strongly, at my suggestion."
At a rally, the year following, Trump said he would no longer talk about toilets:
“It’s the shower, it’s the sink, and you know the third element in the bathroom. But I don’t say it, because every time I say it, [reporters] only talk about that one. Because it’s sort of gross to talk about, right? So I won’t talk about the fact that people have to flush their toilet 15 times. I will not talk about it. I’ll only talk about showers.”
Now, social media users are wondering if Trump's commode comments were made from frustration at their ineffectiveness in disposing of documents.
Haberman received pushback from the reporting as well, with some accusing her of sitting on relevant information until closer to the release of her book.