"The media is really, the word, one of the greatest of all terms I've come up with, is 'fake'. I guess other people have used it perhaps over the years but I've never noticed it. And it's a shame," he says to American politician Mike Huckabee during an interview on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
A clip of this portion of the interview has quickly gone viral on Twitter with over 37,000 'likes' and 19,000 'retweets'. Watch President Trump make this bizarre claim below:
Donald Trump is actually trying to take credit for the word 'fake' pic.twitter.com/VOeVmQhEfF- Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) October 8, 2017
Many speculated that Mr Trump was actually using the word 'fake' as a short form for 'fake news' - which is a favourite phrase of his. However, it is yet another word that he did not invent.
Among the many people who hilariously trolled this latest bizarre claim from Mr Trump were two of his staunchest critics - the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Merriam-Webster traced the origin of the word 'fake news' back to 1890:
Our research traces 'fake news' back to at least 1890. But we won't be adding the term to the dictionary...yet. https://t.co/obsCKNu3RH- Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 8, 2017
JK Rowling's response, however, took the cake:
I just made up the phrase 'batshit crazy.' https://t.co/QRJCsWrP7h- J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 8, 2017
Her tweet has been 'liked' over 2 lakh times.
Here are some other hilarious responses to Donald Trump's claim of inventing the word 'fake'.
After I had invented the word fake,I spent the afternoon painting the Mona Lisa before going on to write Hamlet.Then on the 7th day I rested- Paul Mangan (@mangan_paul) October 8, 2017
I'm really proud of my creation of the word "The" and how quickly it caught on across the English language- James Wright (@TheJWright96) October 8, 2017
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