“[A] Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House. And I wonder who that will be? I wonder who that will be? Who, who, who will that be? I wonder.”
Said Donald Trump, near the end of his CPAC speech yesterday (transcript).
There’s coy cuteness in the repeated “wonder” and the repeated “who”: “And I wonder who that will be? I wonder who that will be? Who, who, who will that be? I wonder.” It’s like the old doowop song:I wonder wonder who who who who…
It’s clearly a humorous locution. Check it out:
The “who” has got to refer to himself, don’t you think? There’s also the idea of making “a triumphant return to the White House.” He’s the only one who’s been there before and can return, though it could be denied by saying it only means that Republicans have been there before and the Party can return one of its own to the place.
Rewatching the clip, I think he’s saying “who… who,” pausing, and saying “who, who, who,” because he wants the crowd to chant “You! You! You!” There might be some of that in the crowd noise, but I don’t think it’s distinct enough to meet his expectations.