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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.
The @NewYorker cartoon of the day. https://t.co/9heJwJT0F4— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1563505830.0
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.
@kylegriffin1 @NewYorker Sad times indeed— Feral Shouting Yam (@Feral Shouting Yam) 1563505857.0
@kylegriffin1 @NewYorker so cute and correct.— SAVE AMERICA (@SAVE AMERICA) 1563506099.0
@kylegriffin1 @WhirledCitizen_ @NewYorker "Go back to where you came from, Mom!!"— Ebenezer Strange (@Ebenezer Strange) 1563507850.0
@kylegriffin1 @DHStokyo @NewYorker So sad but true. I worry so much about bullying and violence. 😭— Nofearnofavors4 #LymeDisease (@Nofearnofavors4 #LymeDisease) 1563553873.0
Is it harrowing or heartening that America's parents encourage their kids not to emulate the President of the United States?
@kylegriffin1 @NewYorker My 6 y/o daughter recently said ‘I hate you’ to her brother so I put her in timeout for ta… https://t.co/mpTSTDLkiY— Sarah Carter 🍑 (@Sarah Carter 🍑) 1563509613.0
@kylegriffin1 @NewYorker In my house when our kids savagely bully one another it’s called “acting presidential” and… https://t.co/e4Z981uYwv— Rando Calrissian (@Rando Calrissian) 1563506597.0
@kylegriffin1 @Kris_Sacrebleu @NewYorker I’ve actually had this conversation. Mama ain’t playing.— AJ (@AJ) 1563507504.0
@kylegriffin1 @docrocktex26 @NewYorker That cartoon accurately describes what it is to be a parent in the Trump era… https://t.co/PHp8DOLg2d— Suzu (@Suzu) 1563541116.0
Before long, people were sharing other cartoons skewering Trump.
@kylegriffin1 @NewYorker My fav https://t.co/GEstCNPyXq— DJNanaSickBeats (@DJNanaSickBeats) 1563506044.0
@lovenheim @kylegriffin1 @NewYorker Yep. https://t.co/FEFLoUJfRK— She'sComeUndone (@She'sComeUndone) 1563539344.0
What a time.