Friday was a Drudge Report siren day for Donald Trump. For about a half an hour as folks were checking for breaking morning news, Matt Drudge ran his infamous Drudge siren over the banner headline link to Rasmussen announcing in bold, all capital letters, “Shock poll: 57 percent Republicans believe Trump will be nominee.”
The Drudge siren announcement was a strong start for a campaign day for Trump capped by a pep rally held in a football stadium deep in the heart of the Bible Belt of the south. According to CNN, 30,000 zealous fans turned out to support “The Donald” Friday night. Fans brought their children and one carried a sign that read, “Thank you, Lord Jesus, for President Trump!”
The atmosphere was festive as Trump dipped the wings of his private jet in a salute to his cheering fans prior to his arrival in the stadium to say what no other presidential candidate is likely to say in the presence of children, televised live on three stations during family hour. In a crowd filled with children, moms and dads may have clapped their hands over their little one’s ears when Trump pushed the envelope on language suitable for families. To be clear, the language was not a matter of PC, but instead, language inappropriate for children.
Stressing the need to “do something” about illegal immigration, Trump may have said more than the crowd wanted to hear when he warned, “The other day in California, last week, a woman, 66 years old a veteran was raped, sodomized tortured and killed by an illegal immigrant. We have to do it. We have to do something.” “Sodomy” is not a word often repeated in the presence of children in the Bible Belt. Nor is “screwed,” another word used by Trump to describe bad deals with other countries. Trump also interspersed some comments with “damn.”
Perhaps Trump caught his error and attempted to redeem himself when he said, “Now I know how the great Billy Graham felt, because this is the same feeling,” referring to the celebrated evangelist, and the revival crowds the beloved evangelist often attracted. “As much as I love ‘The Art of the Deal,’ it’s not even close,” added Trump, speaking of the Bible as his favorite book.
The ever garrulous Trump never faltered in his unfiltered, off-the-top-of-his-head speech to the crowd, jumping from one subject to another in a hard-to-follow rant about issues he was prepared to give “1000 percent” to fix. He was encouraged by fans who were on their feet in tribute and sounded with deafening support when Trump hit hot-button topics such as repealing Obamacare, ending illegal immigration, the economy, and returning jobs to America.
The day that started off with a Drudge Report siren ended with a Trump still flying high on approval. Trump has previously spoken of his love for the Drudge Report, calling the news aggregation site “amazing.” Perhaps Matt Drudge and American voters might say the same of Donald Trump. Still, though Trump may easily flaunt his disdain for politically correct terms and get away with it, many a Trump fan who is also a parent might heartily wish Trump would mind his mouth in the presence of children.