Steve Bannon, the chief executive officer of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE's campaign, literally found his pants on fire during a campaign stop in New Hampshire last month, according to a report in the New York Times.
Bannon, who previously served as the executive chairman of Breitbart News, was traveling with Trump on Oct. 28 when FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to lawmakers alerting them that the bureau found emails potentially "pertinent" to the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports Paul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book MORE's use of a private server.
While working with other aides to concoct a script for Trump's teleprompter, Bannon realized that a hot TV light had caused his pants to began to burn.
"I think my pant leg is on fire," said Bannon, according to the New York Times.
The phrase "pants on fire" is commonly used when a person is not telling the truth, something Trump’s campaign has been accused of frequently by his opponents.
The website Politifact, for example, employs this phrase when it fact-checks a statement that is blatantly false.
Twitter users expressed their amusement with the tidbit on Sunday.
@sahilkapur Now there's a metaphor for the whole campaign....— Wildcat (@M0djadji) November 6, 2016
bannon's pants literally catching on fire mid-conversation is a nice grace note https://t.co/AWoHeu3ZDY— Steve Kandell (@SteveKandell) November 6, 2016