During one of the more charged moments of the chaotic US presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden dropped a phrase from everyday Muslim and Arab vocabulary and lit up the internet.
Pressing President Donald Trump on when the American public would get to see his long-anticipated tax returns, Biden questioned: “When? Inshallah?”
So when Biden called the President out on his amorphous sense of timing around his long-promised tax returns, “InshaAllah” seemed to hit the nail on the head for those well-versed in Muslim and Arab culture.
Trump has never released his tax returns to the public, something out of step with previous Republican and Democratic presidential candidates and incumbents.
With just five weeks to go before November 3, Trump needed a debate performance that shifted attention in the campaign from his performance in office to Biden’s vulnerabilities, be they his lengthy record in the Senate or his occasionally unsteady moments on the campaign trail.