Trump-ist language

August 17, 2018

I’ve said many times that I wish President Trump would think twice before hitting the “Send” button on Twitter.  Even as someone who generally agrees with his policies, I often wince at the unpresidential language (I liken it to the culture shock from the language I encountered as an Arkansas-bred Baptist the first time I visited New York City.)  But if you’re going to criticize Trump’s tweets, at least do it honestly and criticize him for what he actually said.

Example: his recent blast at turncoat former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in which he referred to her as a “dog.”  I certainly understand his anger, but if he thinks she’s a dog, he should remember that when you lower yourself to get into a dogfight, all you end up with is fleas.  So that was unfortunate enough without some in the media making the stretch that the term dog was racist and/or sexist.  As this link shows, Trump has previously used the word “dog” to describe a number of people he was feuding with, mostly white males, including Mitt Romney, Bill Maher, David Gregory, George Will, rapper Mac Miller, Michael Wolff, David Alexrod and the list goes on and on.  It’s obviously not racist or sexist, it’s just Trump-ist.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-lures-media-trap-shut/

In fact, if anyone should be offended at being compared to politicians and media celebrities, it’s dogs.  Why slander dogs?  Harry Truman said if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog, and I assure you he meant a real dog. Dogs are selfless and noble creatures. Trump would have been much better off giving that White House job to an actual dog than to Omarosa.  The dog would have been hard-working, fiercely loyal for life and never bitten the hand that feeds it.  

It also probably would have done a better job.   

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  • Kathryn Caputo

    09/23/2018 01:22 PM

    It is not "Trump-ism", it is the slang of New Yorkers born in and around the 5 boroughs and Long Island. Even the Everly Brothers used the word "dog", in the song "Birddog". It just refers to someone who is underhanded and out for his/her own good. The Left know what the term means. They prefer to take offense as a method to defend their ridgid stance.

  • Lanny Camden

    08/20/2018 12:17 PM

    I have to agree with you Brother Mike. Sometimes many Chrisitans tweet things they need to consider before hitting the tweet Retweet button. But I do remember some one else who did the same to get his message across. " But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." Mathew 15:26-27. This humble woman was not offended but had a response of eternal wisdom, "Yes, Lord," she said, "even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." However, politics is not a sheep business but more like a dog who bites. President Trump knows this is a serious battle with a different time area of social media that no past generations have known. As Bob Dylan sang, "The times they are a changing. "

  • Elizabeth Bennett

    08/19/2018 09:23 PM

    I agree about his texting, he should have said instead I am so sorry I have try to give you this great Opportunity to make a good Career for your self and you show your true side. Was this because you were fired on the Apprentice, and this was your plan all along, what a waste of an opportunity .

  • Patricia Rash

    08/19/2018 08:51 PM

    We Americans are so used to our presidents and men and women in leadership being polished. We recognize polished to mean certain things because that's what we have been taught. We see it in our leaders, we hear it from our so-called newscasters, and when Hollywood produces a film that portrays a certain image, we have learned to equate it with 'polished' So we know what we're looking for and we know what to expect. President Trump does not fit that mold, he doesn't come across as polished, and he does occasionally speak in anger . Those are probably some of the reasons people liked him enough to vote him into office. He calls a spade a spade, and he doesn't mince words very often. We aren't used to that kind of honesty. But you know what, that New York Bronx or Queens or wherever he was raised accent is very real. The language he uses is not necessarily what you or I might choose, but it's where he is coming from. Quite frankly, as Rhett Butler would say, I don't give a damn. I voted for him. I liked him then, and I like him now. Between the media, his Associates, and people he respects, some of the rough edges will be chipped off, and he will automatically become more circumspect and polished. As Bess Truman told the reporter about Harry, "Hush, now. I've just gotten him to say manure."

  • Alan Eidson

    08/19/2018 03:04 PM

    Hi Mike. With regards of President Trump using the term ‘dog’ for his accusers, perhaps he is using the biblical term ‘dog’ as in Psalms 22; the psalm that Jesus was reciting on the cross, when it says ‘For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: ....’
    Not comparing him to Jesus by any stretch of the imagination, but perhaps that may be the way he feels.
    I hope you are well. And hope to see ya soon. -Alan.

  • Cheryl Gross

    08/19/2018 06:27 AM

    Mr huckabee i read your tweets and enjoy you perspective of things political. I am a civilian army employee and support the president but cringe at many of president trumps tweets. Thanks

  • Jan Nelson

    08/18/2018 06:40 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Huckabee. I love our President and what he is doing for our country. Please tell Sarah we think she is doing a great job!

  • James Hemingway

    08/18/2018 04:16 PM

    With freedom of speech under attack I think Trump knows what he’s doing. He’s breaking down political correctness which has been killing our country.

  • Barb Smith

    08/18/2018 04:14 PM

    Agreed! If he would wait till next day to tweet & use common sense & respect it would help. Support his great progress in a tough environment, but wish he’d quit Twitter. Not helping his image.

  • Robin Hodge

    08/18/2018 02:52 PM

    Dear, Governor Huckabee,
    I believe you are one of the wittiest politicians to ever hold office!?? You always hit the nail on the head and leave us laughing at the same time. (Definitely where your wonderful, witty,and extremely smart daughter gets it from!)

  • Elaine McClure

    08/18/2018 01:04 PM

    My thoughts exactly. Calling someone a "dog" is really a compliment !

  • Jeannine M. Hunter

    08/18/2018 10:51 AM

    You're a good man, Governor Huckabee! Thank you so much for your well-thought-out-comments that are expressed so well. And thank you for your TV show! My husband and I watch it faithfully every week. We're looking forward to your interview with your daughter and hope that it won't be rushed. God bless you and your family.


  • William White

    08/18/2018 10:28 AM

    Amen, brother
    Recently signed up for your February Israel trip, I'm so excited I can hardly wait
    It was on my bucket list
    Looking forward to meeting you and other members of your group/family

  • Alice Bivens

    08/18/2018 10:24 AM

    I agree with your statement,America needs to pray for our President and our Country!

  • Reeta Young

    08/18/2018 07:33 AM

    I totally agree with you. If someone called me a dog, I'd take it as a compliment lol

  • Nancy Brown

    08/18/2018 07:05 AM

    I always look forward to your comments. You always make sense in what you really commenting on and you make me smile at the others. Best of all, you are a Christian. God bless your sweet daughter, she has a tough job and handles it beautifully. And May God bless you and the rest of your family. I would so love to see you as President some day.????

  • Joshua VanDine

    08/18/2018 01:21 AM

    This is partially why I wanted you as President Governor Huckabee. You know how to be “shrewd as a snake” and “innocent as a dove.”

  • Kimberly Bell

    08/18/2018 12:01 AM

    It’s okay Mike ....... we didn’t vote him in because of his ability to act “presidential”. We voted him because he doesn’t put on a fake mask. We didn’t want a great orator or a grand politician! We wanted things done and the swamp drained.

  • Bill Meador

    08/17/2018 11:11 PM

    Absolutely.

  • Steve Stubblefield

    08/17/2018 10:32 PM

    Thank you for your article. I , too, flinch at some of the things our President says. However I realize he is not a politician so his rhetoric is different. Like you I wish he would filter some of the things he says, but that is Donald Trump. Love him or hate him. I choose to love and support him.

  • Evelyn Kuretich

    08/17/2018 10:29 PM

    Hello..I agree with you but I do have to say it's sure nice having a president that is more like the common folk..I live in a rural area and it can be difficult at times with the idiots we have here running the great state of Alaska..I would love for the president to visit here and see what it's like..Obama was a waste when he came up here..I realize the natives were here long before us but it seems like that's all most of the political ones talk about..there is actually alot of white people making a difference and should be heard as well.
    Thanks and keep up your good work I love your tweets and I love watching you on many other programs..
    Evelyn..

  • ALice Cooper Arnold

    08/17/2018 09:32 PM

    Just wanted to say I agree with every word you said. Truly a Trump fan, but sometimes his words make me cringe. He's such a smart man, and it's unnecessary for him to counter blows using some of the retorts he has used. Most people's blows wear off quickly, but with him being the President of the United States, and someone I might wish my grandchildren would emulate, softer words would not only work better against his enemies, it would also work better for all of his supporters. He will hopefully be remembered as the person who made America great again, but it would be wonderful if he could also be that wonderful man who taught people how to win without angry words.

  • Debra Curtin

    08/17/2018 09:32 PM

    I agree with you 100%. If President Trump would just stay off Twitter and listen to his advisors before commenting on everything..he would win over so many people. He's got great ideas and is such a hard worker. His heart is in the right place. I appreciate the job he is doing but, defending the immature comments is wearing me out. Thanks for all you do and you've raised a wonderful daughter in Sarah. We think she's great!

  • Nancy Reed

    08/17/2018 09:04 PM

    I feel the same way, he has no filter. Every time I see one, I think how many voters is he going to lose due to the comment.

    But I will vote for him again and never ever vote for another democrat again!

    Please tell Sarah she is first class and we love her. I know her job has got to be so hard!! Maybe she can tell Trump to do his stripping of clearances without announcing them! Have a good evening!

  • Cindy Duncan

    08/17/2018 08:40 PM

    I have actually sent several messages to the white house asking him to stop tweeting. Its just not presidential, professional, etc. All it does is create more negative press. If hes going to continue to tweet he needs to expand his vocabulary. He should use words the press would have to look up!!
    But then even the good things he says and does are vilified. My heart aches to see the evil that is being glorified.