Mika and I have been to many rallies in NH. None matched tonight's @realDonaldTrump in size and intensity. pic.twitter.com/tkOyRvrLOq— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) February 9, 2016
Although I have no way of knowing exactly what is in the copy Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post will have in her story on Trump's rally tonight in New Hampshire, I have a feeling there may be a discussion among her editors on how you quote a person calling a man a pussy.
This was her tweet:
The quote meets the bench marks for a nontrovery: Trump, profanity, insult, possibly misogynist.As Donald Trump brings up Ted Cruz, a woman in the crowd shouts an insult. Trump: "She said: 'He's a pussy.'" He jokingly reprimands her.— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) February 9, 2016
Jenna Johnson is a good reporter. She double-checked her tape. We shall see how this plays out.
UPDATE: Wouldn't you know it, but no sooner than I posted this under the headline, "So what is AP style for the P-word?" The Washington Post posted its story:
Donald Trump repeats crowd member’s Ted Cruz insult: ‘He’s a pussy.’
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- As Donald Trump brought up his chief rival, Ted Cruz, during a rally in a sports arena the night before the New Hampshire primary, a woman in the crowd shouted out an insult of the senator from Texas.
"She just said a terrible thing," Trump said with a smile. "You know what she said? Shout it out."
The woman shouted louder, but still couldn't be heard throughout the cavernous arena.
"Okay, you're not allowed to say and I never expect to hear that from you again," Trump said with mock seriousness, like a father reprimanding a child. "She said -- I never expect to hear that from you again! -- she said: 'He's a pussy.' That's terrible."Hmm. Maybe requiring Trump to denounce and admonish audience members who say something rude is not a good idea. I mean, if Trump repeating an audience member calling Cruz a pussy is going to be the same as Trump calling him a pussy, then is the press also guilty of calling Cruz a pussy?
And good luck Glenn Kessler fact-checking the audience member's claim.
("Excuse me, senator, would you mind dropping trou?")
UPDATE 2: Scott Adams responded: "Last night I watched a panel discussion on CNN in which they discussed Donald Trump calling Ted Cruz a pussy (indirectly). The social liars on the panel all pretended they were shocked and appalled by the language. PJ O’Rourke said his 15-year old daughter was in attendance, suggesting that teens do not hear such language every hour of every day. It was absurd and awkward social lying. But they had to do it."