OpEd: As a long-time writer and editor it is is hard to imagine what story could knock one with a quotation about “titties” from the top of American newspapers.
Especially when the statement was made by the Republican candidate for president.
But then that Republican candidate goes a step further.
At a rally in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday, Trump warned that it would be “a horrible day” if Clinton were elected and got to appoint a tiebreaking Supreme Court justice.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said, as the crowd began to boo. He quickly added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know,” the New York Times reported.
[The right to keep and bear arms in the United States is a fundamental right protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, and by the constitutions of most U.S. states. The Second Amendment declares: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.]
The nation has suffered numerous gun slayings, even massacres, and in some cases authorities had warnings the killings were planned.
Trump has been under pressure to calm his rhetoric and read from a script on a teleprompter.
Instead his comments made another big splash, though this time hilarious not violent.
Though it is not clear Trump knows who Sigmond Freud is, he qualified with a “major league” one even while using a teleprompter.
Some critics complain Trump can’t even pronounce big league.
But there was no doubt his speech in Detroit on Monday included one of those slips.
Promoting his economic plan, Trump said: "Our lower business tax will also end job-killing corporate inversions and cause trillions in new dollars to come pouring into our country," he said. "And, by the way, into titties like right here in Detroit,” he said in a speech telecast around the nation.
So far no tweets declaring he was misheard. Perhaps it was supposed to refer to “cities.”
Wikipedia says of a Freudian slip: “A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of an unconscious subdued wish or internal train of thought. The concept is part of classical psychoanalysis.
“The Freudian slip is named after Sigmund Freud, who, in his 1901 book The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, described and analyzed a large number of seemingly trivial, bizarre, or nonsensical errors and slips, most notably the Signorelli parapraxis.
“As in the study of dreams, Freud submits his discussion with the intention of demonstrating the existence of unconscious mental processes in the healthy…”
It could not have come at a worse time for Trump, whose profane language has angered many evangelicals, and even led to a prominent Mormon to declare himself as a presidential candidate this late in the race.
Trump is not in trouble just for his language, but also for things said by his supporters at rallies.
“Until last week, when the New York Times ran an uncensored video compilation of Trump supporters at his rallies, I didn’t understand how horrifying his crowds are. That’s because the Times, like almost all TV news, bleeps profanity and hate speech; because the Trump campaign traps cameras and correspondents in a press pen, preventing them from covering the crowd; and because, until three Times reporters — Erica Berenstein, Nick Corasaniti and Ashley Parker — pointed it out, I didn’t realize what enablers the courteous people at his rallies turn out to be,” Marty Kaplan of the Huffington Post reported.
Calling opponent Hillary Clinton a witch and a devil may also be hurting with evangelicals, his original base.
They do not think these are joking matters.
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