The greatest mystery of the third and final presidential debate was resolved Thursday: Donald Trump confirmed he says “big league,” not “bigly.”
Social media speculation was set ablaze when Trump, while discussing undocumented immigrants at the debate, uttered a phrase that many viewers interpreted as “bigly,” a word that does not exist.
“We have millions of people that did it the right way. They’re on line. They’re waiting,” he said. “We’re going to speed up the process bigly, because it’s very inefficient.”
Initial debate transcripts by the The New York Times and the Washington Post identified the phrase as “big league,” while POLITICO and others transcribed it as “bigly.” Following the debate, discussions over Trump’s intended word choice ran rampant, prompting fierce debate online and in the media.
During an interview Thursday with Raymond Arroyo of the Eternal Word Television Network, a Catholic network, the host asked Trump to settle the debate once and for all.
“Are you saying ‘bigly’ or ‘big league’?” Arroyo asked. “When you’re speaking at the podium, and you say, ‘This is … ?’”
“I use ‘big league'” Trump said.