Last summer a school teacher from north of Madison passed our home–and being the conversationalist many know me to be–was invited to chat for a while. She told me of how the middle-school students in her classrooms were more rude and boisterous than classes in the past. Boys acted out more–felt it their right to do so. She assessed the matter of having to do with President Trump and his bad behavior on a national stage.
Last night Trump was taking his rudeness to a whole new level while at a rally for a congressional Republican in a district that Trump won overwhelming in 2016. That Trump even needed to be campaigning for the seat says everything one needs to know about the fate of the GOP in the mid-terms.
It was on that stage where Trump stated he had always been tough on North Korea and recalled an interview he did on “Meet the Press” in 1999 as evidence. He then mocked the NBC show’s current host.
“Meet the Press, a show now headed by sleepy-eyes Chuck Todd,” Trump said. “He is a sleeping son of a bitch, I’ll tell you.”
It was more than just another Stalin-like approach to freedom of the press that Trump is noted for—and which history proves is the case. This time Trump proved that he is seriously on the other side of the divide when it comes to manners, common-sense, decency, and family values.
The crowd at the rally loved his comment. But we all are aware of the type who supports Trump.
So what do the mouthpieces of the GOP–especially from the evangelical wing–think about the language of their president? How do they defend Trump’s language which I suspect they would not–and should not–allow at the dinner table?
How are teachers to expect certain conditions in a classroom when a president sets a most awful example on live television?
Meanwhile Todd was preparing response to the bile from Trump.
“I bring my kids up to respect the office of the presidency and the president,” Todd told NBC News 4 in Washington, D.C. “I don’t allow them to say anything negative, ever, about the president.”
“It creates a challenge to all parents when he uses vulgarities like that,” he continued.
Todd followed up with that line of questioning when Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared on the show and said the president’s policies are more important than his use of “vulgarities.”
“He’s using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally, and obviously, there were a lot of funny moments on that rally,” Mnuchin told Todd.
“So is that acceptable?” Todd shot back. “So you’re saying that’s acceptable behavior for the rest of the administration too?”
Mnuchin responded: “This is something that is at a campaign rally. And the president likes making funny names.”
Later in the interview, Todd asked Mnuchin what he would suggest parents tell their children about the president’s behavior and his penchant for spouting obscenities.
“I’ll be with my kids this morning, and I’ll be focused on them on what the president is doing to protect the United States, its citizens, and more importantly its economy,” the Treasury secretary said.
“So he’s not amoral – don’t worry about his values, don’t worry about him as a role model,” Todd said.
Tom Brokaw, a former anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” took to Twitter to defend his Peacock network colleague.
“Pres Trump at a Penn rally calls my colleague and friend Chuck Todd a ‘sleeping SON OF A BITCH.’ Really classy. Explain that to your children,” Brokaw wrote Saturday evening.