California Senator Kamala Harris latest Democrat to flavor her speech with a little salt.
I always suspected that the junior Senator from California would make a very memorable addition to that august body.
Little did I realize she would adopt an edgy, late-night comedy approach to political analysis upon assuming Barbara Boxer’s former seat.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped the “f-bomb” while discussing the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal and replacement plan at a public event in San Francisco over the weekend.
Harris took aim at Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), who took heavy criticism for saying “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
“Like this guy, this congressman, you might as well say, ‘Well, people don’t starve because they don’t have food.’ What the f*** is that?” Harris said to laughs and applause from the crowd.
Harris was discussing the health care bill during a live taping of the podcast “Pod Save America,” which included former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor.
Recently, Democratic Party National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also shared a fairly salty review of Republican policies.
Swearing has become such a part of Democratic stump speeches that profane clips have become routine in Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez’s speeches. With children on stage behind him, Perez told an audience in Las Vegas this weekend that Trump “doesn’t give a shit about health care.”
Perez, President Barack Obama’s former labor secretary, made similar comments earlier this year.
“They call it a skinny budget, I call it a shitty budget,” Perez said in Portland, Maine.
However, other Democrats’ rhetoric has also devolved substantially after President Trump’s inauguration:
In a New York Magazine profile this month, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) included one “fuck,” two “fucking”s, one “bullshit,” one “pissed off,” one “they suck,” and a “what the hell is going on?”
…Profanity’s caught on among the more junior ranks too. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy began a healthcare-related tweetstorm in February by saying “Let me count thy ways that the leaked GOP ACA repeal plan will totally, completely, monumentally screw you.
Perhaps they are trying to emulate the success of President Trump, who was known for particularly interesting phrases during stump speeches?
Trump regularly said he would “bomb the shit out of ISIS,” and labeled an instance of his opponents’ cooperating as “political bullshit.”
Bashing the way the United States spent money in Iraq, Trump said in 2011: “In the meantime, we can’t get a fucking school built in Brooklyn.”
Trump, in the same speech, also bashed elected officials for not ordering the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to stop raising oil prices.
“We have nobody in Washington that sits back and says ‘you are not going to raise the fucking price,’ ” Trump told supporters in Las Vegas.
However, I suspect that its is because Democratic Party members prefer to get their news from people such as comedic entertainers Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher, both of whom are in the midst of monologue-based controversies.
Stephen Colbert attracted a lot of attention — and a potential fine from the FCC — for referring to President Donald Trump’s mouth as “Putin’s c**k holster.”
It seems that Bill Maher wouldn’t let Colbert run away with the race for TV’s filthiest mouth.
On a Friday segment of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Maher suggested Ivanka Trump dissuades her father from actions like “nuking Finland” via incest, illustrating the joke with a suggestive hand gesture and mouthing, “Daddy, daddy, don’t do it.”
There are two main differences in the way Trump uses profanity, versus the legion of progressive politicos attempting to resist his authority. Trump directs the phrases against America’s opponents or aspects of life that hurt its citizens, and is authentic in how he uses them.
Harris and the others use the phrases to undermine President Trump, and therefore harming the chance to make policy changes that would help Americans. Additionally, as traditional politicians, their colorful language seems less authentic when presented in a public venue (though it is very likely how they talk about Republicans in private).
As a California citizen, I can only hope that Harris will eventually learn to season her speeches and policies with less salt and more facts.DONATE
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