JUPITER, Fla. — During a press conference on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump belittled a reporter who expressed concern about his use of profanity on the campaign trail, especially around children.
NBC’s Peter Alexander asked Trump about a new television advertisement by the American Future Fund Political Action Committee that highlights the candidate’s repeated use of expletives.
“Is that presidential? Are you embarrassed by that?” Alexander asked.
“I was a little concerned with that ad until I saw it,” Trump replied. “I think it’s better than any ad I’ve ever taken from myself.”
“A lot of parents are trying to figure out how to explain some of the language they’re hearing on the campaign trail,” Alexander stated, expressing concern.
“Oh, you’re so politically correct. You’re so beautiful. Oh, look at you. Awww,” Trump responded in a demeaning tone, resulting in laughter from others in the room. “Oh, I know. You’ve never heard a little bad, a little off language. I know, you’re so perfect. Aren’t you perfect.”
“What would you say to parents?” Alexander pressed.
“Aren’t you just a perfect young man,” Trump continued.
“I’m hardly perfect,” Alexander replied, telling Trump that he simply would like an answer to his question.
“Give me a break,” Trump said. “You know what? It’s stuff like that that people in this country are tired of. It’s stuff like that.”
As previously reported, some have remarked that Trump has used more profanity than any other candidate they have seen run for the office of president.
“Over the course of his time on Twitter, including in some cases after he announced his presidential candidacy, Trump has tweeted or retweeted profanity on his account more than 100 times,” reported the Washington Post in December.
“[Trump’s swear] words render him unfit to be a presidential candidate, let alone president,” also wrote radio host Dennis Prager in a National Review article entitled “Donald Trump’s F-Bombs” in 2011. “Any fool can curse in public. … Leading Republicans need to announce that there is no place in the Republican party for profane public speech. You cannot stand for small government without standing for big people.”
Reports noted last month while Trump campaigned in New Hampshire that his use of expletives had seemed to increase. In Portsmouth, while speaking of companies that relocate overseas in order to receive tax breaks, Trump declared, “And you can tell them to go [expletive] themselves!” He later claimed that stopped short of saying the full word.
Later, when decrying island-building in the South China Sea, he proclaimed that the Chinese are “ripping the [expletive] out of the sea,” which generated laughter from the audience.
He also spoke against Barack Obama’s trips Hawaii on Air Force One and subsequent golfing breaks, remarking, “I’d want to stay in the White House and work my [expletive] off.”
At a separate event in Exeter, Trump again used expletives in speaking of Washington politicians.
“I was going to say they’re full of [expletive],” he said, “but I won’t say it … because it’s too controversial, and of course it’s not politically correct.”
Trump has also stated on several occasions that if he were president, he would “bomb the [expletive]” out of ISIS.
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