Historiographic note: the term “ever, ever, ever”

  1. From The Wall Street Journal, online:

KENANSVILLE, N.C. – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared African Americans are worse off than “ever, ever, ever,” at a rally Tuesday in this town named after a slaveholder, three days after President Barack Obama said he “missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and Jim Crow.”

Speaking to a mostly white audience in this small town in eastern North Carolina, Mr. Trump made what is becoming a trademark overture to black voters. “We’re going to rebuild our inner cities, because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worse shape that they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever,” he said.