Earlier this month (and before all the latest revelations of several of his more salacious, remarks) …
In an awkward debate moment, she had said Trump was 'absolutely' a role model for children.
I'm surmising that an idiom like this begins when a person first uses it and someone else understands what was meant. Then that person who understood it uses it again, and again. Walk back - why not just say retracted? No wonder people from other countries can’t understand a word we say.
Senator Ayotte didn’t use the idiom, Politico did. But anyone who thought, even for a moment, that Donald Trump was a role model for children has, to use a popular idiom, a screw loose.