Biden Says In-Sh'Allah
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday October 1, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
“In-sh’Allah” in Arabic means “God willing” or if “God wills it.”
It is the same as “Im Yirtzeh Hashem” in Hebrew or “Siyata D’ishmaya” in Aramaic.
All nice expressions – but certainly not a part of the American vernacular.
So imagine my surprise when I heard the expression “In-sh’Allah” coming out of the mouth of former Vice President Joe Biden during the presidential debate against President Donald Trump.
It happened under the talk-overs, you had to be paying careful attention to catch it. Biden asked Trump about making his complete taxes accessible to the public and while Trump was talking, Biden muttered “In-sh’Allah”.
In colloquial Arabic the expression can also mean a sarcastic “yeah, like that will ever happen.” Something akin to “when hell freezes over”.
It was certainly a prepared and rehearsed line and it was directed at Arabic and Muslim voters who see Trump as far too pro-Israel.
The internet lit up - especially twitter. People are still tweeting about that split second comment.
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