Let me be clear that being profane isn’t about being “dirty”, telling off-color jokes or engaging in prurient behavior. It’s about being in your face, saying whatever comes to mind, and genuinely acting like you don’t care about the consequences of anything that comes out of your mouth. Sounds like Trump, right?
Need proof? Let’s take his statements about illegal immigrants. While there is a growing feeling among a significant part of the population that we’ve allowed our southern border to be too porous and are giving those who have come here illegally too many rights, there’s no single statistic that says the majority of U.S. citizens believe that most of illegal Mexicans are rapists and drug addicts/dealers. And there’s no statistic that says that of all of the illegal Mexicans entering this country the majority are rapists and drug dealers. But the lack of such statistics doesn’t seem to deter Trump. He says what he thinks and supposedly speaks for a significant percentage of Americans when he does.
So when other brands tied to Trump’s reacted to his statements and “fired” him, he reacted not by listening, but by threatening or following through with lawsuits. After all, when you’re consistently profane, there is no other point of view.
Then there are his POW statements. At what point before opening his mouth did Trump believe that a significant number of people believe that POWs are somehow less heroic in war than the man or woman who got killed or lost a limb? It didn’t seem to matter, nor did he seem to take into account that by disparaging McCain’s heroism as a POW he cast a net that included all POWs. Particularly when Trump said, “I like people who aren’t captured.”
Again, rather than taking a hint from the outcry that followed his statements, Trump doubles down and comes out like a bully on a playground – tit for tat on steroids. This recently included taking jabs at Lindsey Graham (who has been one of the most vocal critics of Trump) and reading Graham's cell phone number out loud to Trump’s latest audience. At least he’s consistent.
The Huffington Post reacted to Trump’s presidential campaign in perhaps the most profound way possible – they’ve assigned it to their entertainment rather than their political reporters. Of course, Trump had to respond and called them a glorified blog.
If a significant number of people in this country like a guy who says what he thinks no matter what, keep in mind that same guy could just as likely throw out a hyper negative statement that will include you. If you think otherwise, keep in mind Trump is quick to point out that he’s so rich he doesn’t need to answer to anyone – and that includes you and me. So imagine what the biggest democracy in the world looks like when run by someone like “the Donald.” Let’s hope the more profound among us step up and keep that from happening.