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Franklin Graham Begs Trump to Stop Cursing at His Rallies — Trump Tells Him to Piss Off

I try to avoid Donald Trump’s speeches whenever I can, although in this day and age that’s truly difficult since he never shuts up. After all, I always know I’m going to find out whatever he said through that technological innovation we call the internet.

Perhaps because he can be a loose cannon with the four-letter words, prominent evangelist Franklin Graham asked him if he could refrain from using the curse words during speeches, The Christian Post reports. Trump, however, talking to a crowd of supporters, said he intended to reject Franklin’s request but said he’s making an effort to take his advice.

Trump was addressing a crowd of supporters at a Philadelphia rally on Saturday. A clip of his speech shared to X shows the ex-president extolling Graham’s virtues. He is CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the charity organization Samaritan’s Purse, and Trump is heard describing him as “a man I like,” and saying he admires him “so much” before telling the audience “he wrote me a letter.”

“He said, ‘President, I love your speaking. Your ability to speak is incredible. Your storytelling is great, but it could be so much better if you didn’t use foul language,’” Trump said, revisiting the contents of the letter. Trump responded to Graham’s request by declaring, “he’s wrong.”

But you know what would be even nicer than Trump not swearing? If he’d quit being a hateful racist and fascist dictator in waiting. It would also be nice if he could get through a speech without lying or bollixing up his words so much that we have no freaking idea what the hell he’s talking about.

That would be nice too.

Swearing during a speech is the last of Trump’s problems.

Trump did say, however, that he has “been working so hard” not to swear during his rallies. But Trump added that to his way of thinking, the occasional f-bomb was impossible to avoid because the events are so lengthy.

“I’m only talking about one or two times during an entire speech. You know, these speeches go on for two hours, one or two.”

“Give me one or two words,” he requested to Graham. “If you don’t, you don’t get the emphasis.”

As for myself, I have to admit I can’t get through the day without at least one good “F*ck!” or “D@mn it!” It’s probably the only thing I have in common with Trump. I think I must have inherited this from my Dad, who could not get through putting up the Christmas tree (we always used artificial trees) when I was a kid, and he used particularly colorful language. I’m sure at one point I asked my mom “What does ‘c@cksucker, mean?” My Dad anointed the Thanksgiving Turkey with similar appellations.

Let’s see, where was I? Oh yeah, Trump. Welp, he assured another audience at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference that he was working on not swearing. The gathering of conservative Christian activists took place in Washington, D.C.

“I was really good. I didn’t interject. Could have been better if I used a couple of bad words,” he said.

“When I see people start to walk out, then we’ll stop,” he vowed.

The entire video of the rally shows Trump promising that “I’m not going to use the word bullsh*t” as he said the word aloud while insisting that “it’s not that bad a word.”

Gee, now if we could just break him of that fascism habit, that would be lovely. But we know that’s not going to happen.


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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus


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