I’ve seen the argumentum ad patres fundandus fallacy employed in some very strange ways before, this one is one of the strangest. While sitting in with CNN, Katrina Pierson, the woman who acts as the spokesperson for the Teflon Don’s presidential campaign, argued Trump using the word “p*ssy” makes him “just like” the founding fathers.
Katrina Pierson, you’ll recall, is the same woman who justified calling President Obama a “half-breed” because she claimed to be a “half-breed” and, therefore, it was okay to sling the racial slur.
Now, I noted then she technically couldn’t be a “half-breed” because she’s not a horse, and humans don’t come with pedigrees. Little did I realize that was the tip of the iceberg, and that Trump had found a woman just as insane as he was to staff his campaign; a woman so unhinged she might well be the new Sarah Palin.
Well, she’s back at it again.
While speaking about Ted Cruz during a Manchester rally on Monday, Trump repeated an audience member’s description of Cruz, quoting: “She said he’s a p*ssy. That’s terrible.”
Pierson defended Trump while speaking with CNN host Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday, noting Trump’s rhetorical style was “like he’s at a friend’s house,” and that somehow made him just like the founding fathers:
When we look at the Founding Fathers and when they were competing, they said far worse things about each other. This is not nothing [sic] new. This is politics.
Competing for what? They worked together on the Constitution. Although she is right, and the founding fathers were very vulgar men. After all, what else do you call a man like George Washington, who auctioned off slaves at parties and put out bounties on runaway slaves, if not “vulgar?”
Well, I mean, “wicked” works, too.
Camerota interrupted: “But isn’t there a difference between political correctness and vulgarity?”
And Pierson replied with this:
The line to me is free speech, the First Amendment. What I’m saying is it’s free speech, and this is the Live Free or Die state. Mr. Trump is exercising his free speech, it was in fun with the audience.
I don’t even know what that means. The incoherence is so stunning; each time I read that, it makes less sense.
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