Are the Democrats abandoning their once much-vaunted political correctness since it failed to win for them the all-important presidential election last year? Or could they be flattering President Trump- remember imitation being the best compliment?- with their tendency these days to speak in a "colorful language". It's been observed that Democrats in their devastating post-2016 setback are prone to cursing now.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez's speeches of late have been peppered quite generously with swearing. In a speech over the weekend in Las Vegas and with children on stage just right behind him, Perez without hesitation told the audience that: " Trump doesn't give a shit about health care." It was not the first time Perez talked that way. Earlier this year he also said in Portland, Maine: " They call it a skinny budget, I call it a shitty budget."
Perez's counterpart in the Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel criticized Obama's former labor secretary in an interview with Fox News. McDaniel said that Democrats should be denouncing Perez's behavior during the weekend. She said that "to say that Republicans don't give a blank about people, that should not be the rhetoric that the head of the Democrat party should be using".
Even Democrats' traditional "allies" over CNN do not seem to appreciate Perez's new penchant for cursing. Host John King slammed Perez on the channel. He said that Perez's swearing is unnecessary. King said that he thinks Perez could have done it with manners. He added that passion's good, but those manners are also good.
Some observers believe that maybe Perez's new penchant for cursing is nothing but a calculated political move to conjure up excitement. They said that it could be a direct response to Trump who riled up the campaign crowds with expletives incorporated into policy pronouncements. Some said that President Trump's colorful words during the campaign were part of his desire to deliver the persuasive speech.
Perez is also not alone in his sudden "appreciation" for swearing as it appears to be a trend with other Democrats ever since Trump's amazing upset victory in last year's election. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a recent interview with New York Magazine that "If we are not helping people, we should go the fuck home". She repeated the profanity several times in the interview.
Texas Democrat Rep. Beto O' Rourke who is set to challenge Republican Sen.Ted Cruz in 2018 has also taken a liking to swearing " shit" on the campaign trail. O' Rourke hit Cruz earlier this month for campaigning all over the country, something he said that signifies the Republican is "sure as shit not serving" his constituents.
Many politicians have cursed in public before, and some Democrats' political profanity now is not exactly unique. Some say it could also be due to the "Trump effect" as Trump won the elections in part due to his gift for persuasive speech and powerful messaging. He is known-and-loved by his supporters for his blunt talk and for his passion for bashing political correctness. Trump is remembered in the campaign for regularly saying that he would "bomb the shit out of ISIS" and described an instance of his opponents' cooperating as "political bullshit".
The trick now, at least for the public, is determining who is just going with fad, with what could work in an effort to sound more exciting than one actually is, and who speaks genuinely from the heart, be it indignation or disapproval for the way things are and is cursing in part to convey how much change needs to be done now. So who is cursing for real, and who's doing it for a show is for the Americans to intelligently guess.