The Republicans’ hypocritical attack on the new Representative Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) curse word regarding Donald Trump is laughable. CNN host of State of the Union Jake Tapper showed shot after shot of the president using curse words during his campaign rallies. Then, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney tried to clean up the president’s mess.
Interestingly enough, Mulvaney began his rebuttal with a reference to Trump’s foul language in the White House. POTUS is notorious for his lengthy rages in the People’s House. One can only imagine, and one probably would rather not.
Tapper wondered whether Trump’s language was responsible for a “coarsening” of language in the political field. Then, the CNN host wondered why the president would attack Tlaib for using a word he frequently used himself.
Tapper said people do not exactly consider Trump “a delicate flower” around language:
‘President Trump obviously is not exactly known as a delicate flower when it comes to the language. He’s sworn publicly quite a bit. Does President Trump think that he’s played any role in the coarsening of our national discourse?’
Tapper pressed the acting chief of staff:
‘You think he doesn’t?’
Mulvaney argued that he did not “think anybody blames the president” for a coarsening of language and attitude:
‘I think people can be coarse as clearly this member of Congress is. I don’t think anybody blames the president for the coarsening of the language.’
Tapper laughed aloud:
‘You don’t think anybody in the country blames the president?’
Chagrined, Mulvaney admitted to the truth of some part of what Tapper said, then did a Trump switch. After all, people on his staff criticizes the president, if they want to last long:
‘Well, you probably do. But I think there’s more important things.’
‘People keep asking me, people bump me in the hallway, and they say, “I don’t know to congratulate you or to console you. It’s actually a lot of fun. This is probably the best job that many of the folks in the White House are ever going to have. Working in the White House is a tremendous privilege and a tremendous opportunity, and if you do it properly I think it can be a lot of fun.’
‘…I called him right after the President made the announcement. I said, “Secretary Baker, you have any advice?” And he said, Yeah, just remember you’re the chief of the staff, not the chief of the President. You are not going to change the President of the United States. None of us ever were able to do that, nor do we want to do that. The question is, how do you make the staff make the President successful?”‘