When Donald Trump spoke at North Carolina rally Wednesday night it was the controversial ‘send her back’ crowd chants aimed at Congressional Freshman Ilhan Omar that dominated the headlines.
But a Christian lawmaker has put Trump on blast for his use of profanity otherwise missed in the media frenzy.
Senator Paul Hardesty of West Virginia’s seventh district has voiced his outrage at Trump’s lapse use of the term ‘goddamn’ twice during his address, accusing Trump of using ‘the lord’s name in vain’.
Apparently so incensed by his employment of ‘blasphemous’ language, Hardesty penned a letter to the White House admonishing Trump for his ‘terrible choice of words’ in Greenville.
“I’m appalled by the fact that you chose to use the Lord’s name in vain on two separate occasions, when you went off the prompter during your speech,” Hardesty wrote.
“There is no place in society — anywhere, any place and at any time — where that type of language should be used or handled. Your comments were not presidential,” he continued.
The devout Christian added that he supports Trump’s pro-coal policies, but concluded the note by urging Trump to reflect on his comments and refrain from cursing in future speeches.
“Please remember Mr. President, in the United States of America, ‘In God We Trust,’ not curse,” he signed off.
During the rally Trump first used the phrase ‘goddamn’ in an anecdote he shared with the crowd about a former business rival, who has since told him he’s thriving under the Trump administration, according to the president.
‘If you don’t support me, you are going to be so Goddamn poor, you are not going to believe it,’ Trump recalled telling the man.
The second use of the term came in reference to the currently terse relations between Iran and the US, where threatened the Middle-Eastern country with military conflict should their perceived provocation continue.
While Hardesty’s words to Trump were stern, other critics of Trump’s choice of language pulled even less punches online, with one commentator on FreeRepublic.com accusing him of ‘blaspheming’ and ‘mocking’ God, warning him of imminent retribution.
‘It will not matter if you are a street sweeper or the leader of the greatest Republic on earth……GOD will drop you like a stone,’ the commentator said.
Trump’s Greenville rally drew media attention and outrage in equal measures, after he took aim at Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the members of ‘squad’, prompting the crowd to erupt into a chant of ‘send her back, send her back’.
Former first lady Michelle Obama also weighed in to voice her support of Omar on Friday.
‘What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I’ve seen that beauty in so many ways over the years,’ she began.
‘Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there’s a place for us all. We must remember it’s not my America or your America. It’s our America,’ she continued.