If you ever wondered how national media outlets would handle the use of a profane insult directed at a legitimate news figure by another legitimate news figure let me show you right here from their respective websites:
CNN: Donald Trump on Monday night repeated the offensive term a woman attending his rally shouted in reference to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
After first calling on a woman close to the stage to “shout it out” again, Trump repeated the woman’s one-word insult aimed at Cruz: “She said he’s a p****.”
The term was flung into the political orbit just a day before the New Hampshire primary as Trump was discussing Cruz’s apparent hesitation during the last GOP debate on whether he would support waterboarding.
People Magazine: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump basically just called rival Ted Cruz a “p****.”
During a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Monday night, Trump was criticizing the Texas senator’s stance on waterboarding when a female supporter in the crowd caught the billionaire businessman’s ear with one choice word about Cruz.
“She just said a terrible thing,” Trump said, pointing to the woman and asking her to repeat herself.
New Republic: Donald Trump continues to turn the Republican primary into a Quentin Tarantino movie. Speaking in New Hampshire on Monday night, Trump berated Ted Cruz for being only half-hearted in support of waterboarding. This provoked a woman in the audience to yell out that Cruz is a “p****.” Trump lit up in delight when he heard that, and delivered a faux-lecture in order to make sure the rest of the audience knew what she said. “She just said a terrible thing,” Trump said with mirth.
Salon.com: Yes, as you have probably heard by now he called Ted Cruz a “p****,” or at least passed along that description from a woman in the audience. He was just being helpful! We couldn’t hear her clearly! Then he remembered the media furor in September after another New Hampshire audience member had said that Barack Obama was a Muslim and “not even an American” and Trump had declined to correct him. “Ma’am, you’re reprimanded right now,” he told Cruz P**** Lady. “You’re reprimanded.” Then, turning to the crowd: “Can she stay?” Big cheer. “To the press, this is a serious reprimand.”
Okay folks, enough comedy for now. You see, this is the problem with a lot of GOP policy, or at least the explanations of it on the campaign trail by just about every candidate except Donald Trump. If Ted Cruz hesitated on defending the act of waterboarding in the course of interrogating a dangerous terrorist, he was in fact acting like a p****.
Taking the soft peddled “easy way out” on such a question is not something a self-respecting American conservative should do. To be frank, taking an aggressive stand, even an unpopular stand, on such an issue when the answer is clear cut is imperative. As a footnote, Cruz made it quite clear that while he does in fact reject waterboarding as standard operating procedure, if the captive in question had valuable information that seriously required extraction, he would give the order to proceed. Damn skippy.
In recent American history the voting public has seemed to embrace the tougher, more unforgiving stands taken against terrorists and criminals by conservative politicians. We may have a few things to learn as a party when it comes to social issues, and the art of using common sense rather than the Bible when it comes to issues of vice (let me be clear, that is vice, not criminal acts) and personal behavior (your sin is none of my business). When it comes to the real bad guys in this country and beyond, Republicans have the answers and the attitude that historically has been the most effective, certainly at the state and local level.
When it comes to vulgar adjectives in the world of political discussion, and with what is clearly at stake in the fight to protect the American way of life, that word is the last one you want people throwing around in reference to the president of the United States.