While Americans across the country were rightfully occupied with the racist chants from President Donald Trump’s North Carolina rally this week, hardly anyone mentioned that Trump also said “g***amn” twice and “bulls***” once.
People didn’t notice because public profanity has become a hallmark of Trump’s presidency. After all, people infamously heard him brag about grabbing women “by the p***y,” and he still managed to ascend to the highest office in the land.
It’s not just profane words either, but completely base assertions. Remember when he bragged about his penis size on a national debate stage?
Just a few months ago, the New York Times delved into Trump’s unprecedented public profanity:
“His is the profanity presidency, full of four-letter denunciations of his enemies and earthy dismissals of allegations lodged against him. At rallies and in interviews, on Twitter and in formal speeches, he relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock, just one more way of gleefully provoking the political establishment bothered by his norm-shattering ways.”
Now, a cartoon in the New Yorker is calling it out too.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 19, 2019
The cartoon, by illustrator Avi Steinberg, features a mother scolding her son with an interesting choice of words herself:
“You will not use Presidential language in this house.”
The cartoon perfectly highlights the ways in which Trump has made public vulgarity palatable and, subsequently, presidential.
Sad times indeed
— Feral Shouting Yam (@pamboy712) July 19, 2019
so cute and correct.
— SAVE AMERICA (@vietthanhsports) July 19, 2019
"Go back to where you came from, Mom!!"
— King of SDCC Swag (give it to me) (@IntrovertOmega) July 19, 2019
Is it harrowing or heartening that America’s parents encourage their kids not to emulate the President of the United States?
In my house when our kids savagely bully one another it’s called “acting presidential” and it’s punishable by a time out.
— Rando Calrissian (@AriVoukydis) July 19, 2019
I’ve actually had this conversation. Mama ain’t playing.
— AJLux (@LuxAngela) July 19, 2019
That cartoon accurately describes what it is to be a parent in the Trump era. We made this a rule in our house a couple years ago.
— Suzu (@suzuhiggins) July 19, 2019
Before long, people were sharing other cartoons skewering Trump.
What a time.