"As Mr Trump’s opponents called this a disaster, his supporters lambasted their criticism as hysterical—wasn’t everybody saying a year ago that it was sinister to have so many generals in the cabinet?" What does it mean by "wasn’t everybody saying"?
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If you want to get to the meaning of a phrase using a contraction, break down the contraction first.
In this case, it would be 'was not'.
Therefore, 'was not everybody saying'
The writer is simply bringing up that many people were "saying a year ago that it was sinister to have so many generals in the cabinet?"
He is saying it in a provocative way in order to allow the other side to see his point.