The fuddy-duddies are out in force.
There are plenty of reasons to label Donald Trump vulgar: his attacks on John McCain’s war record, his oblique reference to Megyn Kelly’s menstruation. But for those tut-tutting Trump’s characterization of Barack Obama’s 2008 run against Hillary Clinton – lighten up.
Here’s what Trump said. “Everything that’s been involved in Hillary has been losses,” Trump averred. “Even her race to Obama, she was going to beat Obama. I don’t know who’d be worse. I don’t know. How does it get worse? She was favored to win and she got schlonged.”
Schlong, of course, is Yiddish for penis. So she got reamed. Or screwed. Or any other plethora of English-language equivalents.
But no, Trump’s vulgarity is suddenly the talk of the town. Not Hillary’s lies about Trump appearing ISIS promotional videos. The fact that Hillary Clinton must face down that awful sexist New Yorker who made a foreign-language reference to a penis.
Well, bring forth the fainting couch.
Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary’s campaign communications director, tweeted, “We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should.”
Yes, Hillary surely feels degraded by Trump’s comments. Hillary, that delicate little flower who campaigns with a woman who labeled her 5-year-old sister “sex property” and dropped a false rape allegation against an innocent man. Hillary, that Arkansas belle who attacks her husband’s sexual assault victims. Hillary, that magnificent specimen of feminism, who laughs at legally defending a child molester. Hillary, that blooming rose of womanhood, who rides her husband’s semen-stained coattails to the White House.
What’ll she do if she hears the word “schlong”?
Now, it may be true that Hillary herself has been known to drop some rather salty language of her own, and toss a few lamps here and there. But it’s not as though her party is filled with such characters.
It’s not as though Barack Obama wrote a letter to a fifth-grade schoolteacher in which he labeled Tea Partiers “tea baggers,” a term of derision used by the left that makes reference to a man dangling his testicles above another person’s mouth. (Ironically, Obama didn’t even realize he was using derogatory language when he wrote “tea-baggers” – he wrote, “I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed,’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea-baggers.”) And it’s not as though Vice President Joe Biden dropped the same “tea-baggers” language with regard to gun-owners. It’s not as though in 2008, Obama labeled Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a hog, stating, “you can put lipstick on a pig… it’s still a pig.” In fact, Hillary said in her book Hard Choices that the Obama campaign wanted to trot her out to attack Palin “for being a woman.”
But no, only Trump is a vulgarian. All the rest of our politics is highbrow and respectful.
If you believe that, you’re a schmuck.
Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News, Editor-in-Chief of DailyWire.com, and The New York Times bestselling author, most recently, of the book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.