President-elect Donald Trump might be giving up (kind of?) his businesses while he’s in the White House, but it looks like at least one remnant of a Trump enterprise will be hanging around: The president-elect closed his news conference on Wednesday with the line he made famous on his reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Trump said he hoped that his sons will do well running Trump Organization in his stead. But if they don’t? “I’ll say, ‘You’re fired!’ ” Trump told reporters before closing the question-and-answer session. “Goodbye everyone.”
He even did the pointy-finger hand gesture that goes with it.
We’re taking this as an indication that Trump will keep using his signature tagline even while in office. Maybe he’ll close every news conference with it. State of the Union addresses? Why not?
We shouldn’t be surprised that Trump is taking the line with him to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. – after all, he used it during his presidential campaign (directed, of course, at President Obama). He even tried, unsuccessfully, to copyright the catchphrase.
Critics attempted to use it against him. “His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he’s most proud of having made famous, ‘You’re fired,'” Vice President Joe Biden said at the Democratic National Convention. “I mean really. I’m not joking. Think about that. Think about that. Think about everything you learned as a child — no matter where you were raised. How can there be pleasure in saying, ‘You’re fired?’”
But another reason the new-famous saying isn’t going anywhere? It’s also a staple of headline writers (see just about every story written about his campaign-staff shakeup).