Since Donald Trump entered the political realm two years ago, people have noticed there are many words he likes to use over and over. If you hear Trump speak or read his tweets, chances are he'll use phrases like "believe me," "loser" and "huge." Although whether he's saying "bigly" or "big league" is up for debate.
However, there's another word Trump often uses that's been going under the radar. And this word is actually a major tell into what Trump is actually thinking. When he's in a certain kind of jam, he'll bust this word out to try to get out of it.
Trump's word was reported on an episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight that aired in September. Host John Oliver revealed the word, but the report started off while covering a separate topic altogether. Here's what happened in Oliver's report.
Oliver then showed a clip from 2015 of Trump discussing his plan to end DACA and deport all the recipients. Trump was asked to explain how it will work, but he simply said, "We will do it and we will expedite it so people can come back in." He added, "We either have a country or we don't have a country."
As Oliver then commented, "That is not a plan." He added that it sounded like Trump was trying to hypnotize Chuck Todd. "It will work out so well. You'll be so happy. Now when I snap my fingers, you're going to wake up and wet your pants."
The clip from the campaign is two years old, but it appears that Trump still did not have an actual plan on how to handle the Dreamers. Oliver quoted an article saying that, an hour before Trump made his DACA announcement, people in his administration were concerned that "Trump might not fully grasp the details of the steps he was about to take." In other words, Trump was saying something, but had no idea how to do it.
Oliver then pointed out that, by the end of the day, Trump was already walking back his initial decision to end DACA. Trump posted this tweet telling Congress to find a way to "legalize DACA." Oliver said that by going back and forth on if the Dreamers can stay or go, "800,000 people's lives are in the balance."
Oliver then played an audio clip of Trump attempting to explain his plan further while on board Air Force 1. Trump said, "If we can get something to happen, we're going to sign it, and...we're going to make a lot of happy people." Which, again, did not offer any actual details of a plan.
This is when Oliver revealed Trump's tell. "Anytime Trump says he's going to make people happy or that you're going to be happy in the future," Oliver said, "that means he has got nothing and is trying to end the conversation." As proof, Oliver showed a clip of Trump doing the exact same thing when talking trade policy in front of business leaders.
And the clips didn't stop there. Oliver then showed five more clips of Trump saying that something will make people happy, rather than giving any details about his plan. As Oliver said, it's not about getting happy, but "it's the way you get to that feeling that is important."
Oliver said Trump doesn't just use "happy" when predicting how someone will feel in the future. He also showed a clip of Trump talking about his meeting with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, who were upset that Trump had negotiated with Democrats about the debt ceiling. Trump said, "We walked out of there, and everyone was happy," even though they clearly weren't happy at all.
Oliver finished the report, saying, "Trump may be able to fool people by saying they'll be happy in the future. But we cannot let him trick people into thinking they were happy in the past." Because in that case, it's not speculation, it's just factually inaccurate.