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Donald Trump (R-Howard Stern)

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This clip from a Trump campaign rally today — which you shouldn’t play at work or around the kids — tells you a lot about Donald Trump’s sense of dignity and decorum, to say nothing of the quality of his character. In it, he calls Ted Cruz a “pu**y” for having hesitations about waterboarding. Which is torture.

“Donald Trump is a breath of fresh air,” Jerry Falwell Jr. said last month, endorsing the casino mogul. Falwell Jr. said that he sees “a lot of parallels between my father and Donald Trump.”

“Like Mr. Trump, dad would speak his mind, he would make statements that were politically incorrect,” he said.

Like that time he called Jim Bakker a p***y, and Tammy Faye a b***h. That was such a breath of fresh air, as I recall.

Look, I think the country has worse problems than a president who is so lacking in respect and decorum that he talks like this in public. There are far worse obscenities in our political life than what Trump said today at the podium. For example:

“I will always defend Planned Parenthood and I will say consistently and proudly, Planned Parenthood should be funded, supported and protected, not undermined, misrepresented and demonized,” [Hillary] Clinton said. “As your president, I will always have your back.”

Still, it was repulsive. Yeah, politicians talk like that privately, but do people really want their president to carry on like that in public? And more disturbing than Trump’s trash talk is the fact that he used it to disparage someone’s concern about torture and its legality. Is that what you want in a president? (Though I suppose a case could be made that it’s better to have a barbarian unmasked than hiding behind sentimental public Christianity.)

I find it regrettable that the one populist candidate in the race speaks in public like common trash. But this is who Donald Trump is. Classy, to the shortened fingertips

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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