Trumps Profanity-Laced Speech Was His Undoing

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Last week, Trump may have made his one contribution to American history. His was the first speech of a person seeking the nomination of major party to be its candidate for president to use such language.

Had he used the F-word once and apologized, I would not have written this column. But, and this IS important, he used it once and, upon seeing the enthusiastic reaction, felt encouraged to use it again and again.

The audience’s reaction is even more important — and more distressing — than Trump’s use of the word. Had there been booing, or had someone who invited him arisen to ask that he not use such language, or had some of the women walked out, the good name of the Republican Party and of conservative values would have been preserved. But if Republican women — and I emphasize both the party and the gender — find the F-word used by a potential candidate for president of the United States amusing, America is more coarsened than I had imagined.

If we cannot count on Republicans and conservatives to maintain standards of public decency and civility, to whom shall we look?

The argument that Trump told it as it is, that he’s one guy who isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade, is nonsense. Any fool can curse in public. Just like real comedians elicit laughter without the F-word, real politicians and real leaders inspire people and tell tough truths without that word. Somehow, Lincoln inspired America without cursing, and Winston Churchill would not have been more effective had he said, “F—- Germany.”

Not only does the use of the word disqualify Trump as a serious candidate for president of the United States. So do the points he was trying to make with it. For example, our gas prices are not high because America didn’t order anyone to lower them. They are high because the value of the dollar has been debased by President Obama’s monetary and fiscal policies and because the president and the Democrats won’t allow us to drill for the oil we have in abundance on and offshore.

Leading Republicans need to announce that there is no place in the Republican Party for profane public speech. You cannot stand for small government without standing for big people.


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  • Amused

    Besides that obvious flaw , is his "birther " accusations , and the way he handled the questioning of those in an interview . Trump prostituted his own intellect , for he is smarter than that , all for the sake of pandering to an unfortunately large part of the Republican Party who are "birther imbeciles " and in which he'eyeing or testing the waters as a candidate for 2012 . But his karma caught up with him rather quickly just a few days ago when he was thoroughly smacked down by POTUS at the press correspondence dinner . He's a fast talking con man with plenty of NYC connections , and alwatys manages to get his way , but as a candidate for 2012 ? he's finished already , a victim of his own big mouth .

  • brimp

    Using profanity has its place. Certain words have power. When you are in the company of members of your trusted inner circle, the use of such words cements the group. If you are hearing somebody use such words in a small group then you can be sure that you are a trusted member of the group. People who use these words outside of that context are breaking a societal rule. Their use outside the proper context weakens effectiveness of the words when they are used in the proper context. If you want to use these words, your audience may see you as a person who is purposely breaking the rule because you don't know the meaning of the rule. In this case, you may avoid these words when it is appropriate.

    Trump is either trying to invalidate the rule altogether or believes that the millions of people that might hear him are members of his trusted inner group. In either case, he has proven to me that I can’t see ever voting for him.

  • yeahright

    Nixon swore. LBJ swore. Clinton probably swore. It helps to get frivolus people's attention. Among them, at least Trump is authentic.

  • fmobler

    My only problem with this article is that it surely didn't take Trump's swearing to demonstrate that he is utterly unfit for any job that doesn't lead to his own enrichment.

    His pronouncements about China, our stature in the world ("not a great country, could be one again"), gas prices (pandering to the lefties on that one) are no better that the ranting any run of the mill mentally challenged homeless guy. The only difference is that he has a particular savant-like competence at making money — mostly by working corporate welfare in the form of "redevelopment".

  • Amused

    Yea , Trump is "AUTHENTIC " ? You mean AUTHENTIC BULLSHEET . After complaining about China , and the cheap goods they sell back to us and the whole repertoire , what do we find out ?

    Trumps "signature " clothing line ……MADE IN CHINA / Trump's daughters "signature jewelry line " …all made in China . Yea man " authentic " .

  • Alexander Gofen

    "… the good name of the Republican Party and of conservative values…" is an oxymoron by itself. In this moment here is no party – not one – having a reasonably good name. All of them have committed an act of treason of the US Constitution and of the conservative values in general:

    The profanity is an issue, yet not the primary one. (Yet I am against profanity).