Donald Trump Is An Equal-Opportunity Offender
“There are some lines you don’t cross,” Jack McCain, son of John McCain, wrote on Twitter on Saturday night “Trump just crossed one.”
That was one of the milder rebukes to Donald Trump, after the presidential candidate/fragrance magnate secured his place in the political canon for all eternity with perhaps the most ill-advised diss in the history of negative campaigning. Trump’s “I like people who weren’t captured” rip of a man who spent five and a half years being tortured at the Hanoi Hilton—who refused early release—is an instant all-timer. The statement is so insane that you rub your eyes for a few minutes, you check for little birdies flying around your head, after hearing it. He said what?
But the great joke of Trump, of course, is that the statement is not an anomaly but the norm. He says things in this vein all the time, about all sorts of people, across all walks of life. Trump may have crossed a line, but he’s always crossing lines, in remarks that run the gamut from vile, deeply reprehensible racism to a seemingly endless stream of off-the-cuff ad hominem insults. And so the intensity of the response to the McCain remark may say more about the exigencies of a specific moment in a political campaign than whether Trump has suddenly exceeded the bounds of civilized discourse. Because, judging from the remarks below, that's where he's been the whole time.
Quotations from Chairman Trump on:
Mexican illegal immigrants: “They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
John Boehner: “I don’t like the crying.”
Russell Brand: “What a loser he is.”
Mark Cuban: “Dopey.”
Michelle Malkin: “Born stupid.”
Lawrence O’Donnell: “One of the dumber people on television.”
Robert DeNiro: “Not dealing with Albert Einstein.”
Nicole Wallace: “Doesn’t have a clue.”
Willie Geist: “Uncomfortable looking.”
Chuck Todd: “Sleepy eyes … pathetic.”
Seth Meyers: “A stutterer.”
Jonah Goldberg: “A total loser.”
Deadspin: “Disgusting … losers … bad complexions.”
Rosie O’Donnell: “A true loser.”
Mort Zuckerman: “Dopey clown.”
Arianna Huffington: “A liberal clown … extremely unattractive.”
Bette Midler: “Extremely unattractive woman.”
Charles Krauthammer: “Openly declared traitor.”
Jay Leno: “His show sucks.”
Macy’s: “Macy’s stores suck.”
New York Magazine: “Boring … should die …."
Penn & Teller: “The worst show in Las Vegas … goofball atheist.”
Paulina Vega, Miss Universe: “Hypocrite.”
Neil Young: “A total hypocrite.”
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