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Biden uses ‘inshallah’ in debate with Trump, causing social media storm

  • Published at 08:40 pm September 30th, 2020
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US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate held on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, US, on September 29, 2020 Reuters

After using Arabic expression 'inshallah' in the first US presidential debate, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is at the center of a social media storm

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s use of the Arabic phrase “inshallah” in the first debate with President Donald Trump in the US election has caused a storm on Twitter. 

Many Twitter users called the incident “historic,” Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported.

Biden used the phrase during an exchange in the first half of Tuesday's debate regarding the release of Trump’s tax returns.

When Trump said his tax return would be released to the public “as soon its finished,” Biden responded: “When? Inshallah?”

Inshallah, translated as “God willing,” is a phrase often used sincerely, but can also be used in a sarcastic manner, meaning something is unlikely to happen, according to Al Arabiya.

Social media users were quick to react with humour at Biden’s “inshallah” remark, with many Twitter users posting their reactions instantly.

While many users praised the former US vice president for using the expression in the proper context, others questioned his pronunciation.

The word is usually pronounced “In-sha-lah” or “Insha-allah.”

However Biden’s pronunciation - “In-shala” – had some viewers wondering if he had instead said “enchilada” – a traditional Mexican dish.


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