President Donald Trump on Friday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to numerous distinguished individuals, including some who have already passed away.
Among the recipients was the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. Scalia's wife, Maureen, was in attendance at the ceremony to accept the award on her husband's behalf.
In his praise of Scalia, however, Trump managed to squeeze in a dirty joke about the Scalias' sex life after reading off the names of the couple's nine children.
"You were busy, weren't you?" Trump joked to Mrs. Scalia. "I always knew I liked him."
Watch the president's remarks below:
"I always knew I liked him" - Trump commends the late Antonin Scalia for his prowess in bed. DECORUM! https://t.co/Dbq25Nrnyt— Steve Silberman (@Steve Silberman) 1542394322.0
The president's crass lack of decorum was met with disgust on social media.
@stevesilberman Pig— Bishop Pickering (@Bishop Pickering) 1542395024.0
@RVAwonk Decorum!— PG (@PG) 1542393992.0
@stevesilberman ho ly shit— alison (@alison) 1542394441.0
"Boorish," one user said of Trump.
@stevesilberman https://t.co/rcYyJWICD0— Michael Beaton (@Michael Beaton) 1542394518.0
@stevesilberman Does Trump know that for most people, the number of kids they have isn't proportionate to how much sex they have or nah?— Stone-Cold Local Milk Hen (@Stone-Cold Local Milk Hen) 1542394496.0
@stevesilberman Maybe his mind's blown by the idea of someone having sex 9 times WITH THE SAME WIFE.— Stone-Cold Local Milk Hen (@Stone-Cold Local Milk Hen) 1542394557.0
@JuliaDavisNews @RVAwonk He's so gross.— michele collins (@michele collins) 1542394116.0
@RVAwonk Is this what he means by decorum?— GoldensRule. 🐾🌊🇺🇸🌊🐾 (@GoldensRule. 🐾🌊🇺🇸🌊🐾) 1542394167.0
@RVAwonk what was that about decorum in the White House?— eafrey (@eafrey) 1542394125.0
@RVAwonk He literally cannot do anything with decorum or without being a national embarrassment. Can't this be over now?— sassygurl (@sassygurl) 1542394599.0
@jackiekcalmes @DamonMPA @jaketapper Trump’s comment a about Scalia “ being real busy “, only Trump would think a… https://t.co/GE52Xje0Wp— rmc (@rmc) 1542396101.0
Others said Trump's joke represents yet another instance of embarrassment that accompanies his presidency.
We can't go just one day, can we?
@RVAwonk There are too many cringey moments in this Presidency to keep track of— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1542394393.0
Now we know what Trump considers to be "busy."
@RVAwonk Interesting criteria.— Julia Davis (@Julia Davis) 1542394078.0
@RVAwonk "Your dead husband used to fuck you a lot. I like that." - @realDonaldTrump— God (@God) 1542394331.0
@RVAwonk @TC05131904 Proof, once again, that @realDonaldTrump is not smart enough to be funny.— Veronica Saunders (@Veronica Saunders) 1542395266.0
Trump presented the highest civilian honor to others of whom he is fond, though his choices raised some eyebrows.
In addition to Scalia, the six other recipients include:
- Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), whom Trump gave the award because he thinks Hatch likes him and because Hatch has been a loyal Republican to Trump.
“Eight years ago to 10 years ago, Trump was not what I consider to be a pillar of virtue,” Hatch said of Trump. “I think he has changed a lot of his life once he was elected. I think Trump is a much better person today than he was then.”
- Elvis Presley, because why not, apparently. The New York Times alluded to Presley being a celebrity during Trump's youth.
- Babe Ruth, the immortal New York Yankee who died when Trump was two-years-old.
- Roger Staubach, the former quarterback for the Navy and Dallas Cowboys.
- Alan Page, a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings turned state Supreme Court justice.
And the most controversial - Miriam Adelson, wife of billionaire casino titan Sheldon Adelson - and one of the biggest Republican donors in the country. Adelson helped persuade Trump to move the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, after which Trump declared the city to be Israel's capital.
"Ms. Adelson, a physician and philanthropist, is hardly a household name," noted the Times on Friday. "But she is the spouse of Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate, and multibillionaire. In 2016, the Adelsons provided badly needed backing for Mr. Trump, and in the recent midterm elections contributed more than $120 million to Republicans."