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Monday, February 08, 2016

@wapo reports Trump repeats female fan who called Cruz a pussy

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.

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."


  1. The press should get its thinking out of the gutter. The woman obviously meant "cat", as in "pussycat." She could also have meant "coward," but I don't think so. Of course, if she did mean to say something naughty, then she should have cursed in Yiddish as any street-wise New Yorker would do.

  2. Why is it acceptable for Trump to constantly use vulgar and insulting language over and over in public settings but if any other presidential candidate did dare so - R or D - all media (left and right) and bloggers would explode with outrage?
    Question to any voter: Is this what you want from your next president? My fave candidate, Chris Christie, talks a tough game and has the resume to prove he can back it up. Yet, he doesn't keep the broadcast censors busy. Nor does any other candidate. Maybe that's because all presidential candidates, except Trump, can at least act in a manner that is considered presidential. Trump may "tell it like it is" (whatever that means) but as the last debate proves, he never tells how he is going to put the country back on a positive path.

  3. "Quim" is a bit more prim. - Elric

  4. @Anonymous, I like Christie too, but his record in NJ is cause for concern as is his bromance with Obama. My original preference would have been Scott Walker.

  5. Well, I'm 86 years old and I've never heard such terrible language in my whole life! Oh, wait a minute, all this political stuff has turned me into a liar too.(I didn't know it rubbed off.)