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Speak softly and act like a big dick

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Thursday night’s Republican debate broke new ground in the history of political rhetoric: it turns out that GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s dick is big enough, or so he claims. In front of a global audience — with the entirety of mankind as witness to US shame — Donald Trump responded to Marco Rubio’s jibes about his small hands by holding up his hands to show that they are plenty big, and that means his penis is big too.

“[Rubio] referred to my hands. ‘If they’re small, something else must be small.’ I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.

The word penis was suddenly in mainstream headlines: “Donald Trump defends size of his penis,” CNN said. Others went with “dick.” Republicans around the country were shocked, and non-Republicans too. Mitt Romney said he hoped that children weren’t watching. “Depressing, horrific, a circus… awful,” said David Brooks.

“The end of the modern conservative movement,” said Rubio. Though after all it was Rubio who started it by questioning the size of Trump’s hands in the first place. “And you know what they say about guys with small hands,” he said last week, during a stream of the most personal attacks on Trump’s hair, skin, and continence, in order to try to climb back in to contention. Rubio even went after Trump for plastic surgery, saying “he should sue whoever did that to his face.” He called Trump’s plane “Hair Force One.”

It reminds us of a famous Republican line, Teddy Roosevelt saying in 1901, when he was vice president: “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Wikipedia says that line, delivered at the Minnesota State Fair, defined Roosevelt’s realist foreign policy: “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis”

It is now engraved in US political history. A fate we do not wish on Trump’s penis moment.

Video available here.

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Annie Robbins is editor at large for Mondoweiss.net. Carlos Latuff is a political cartoonist in Brazil and a regular contributor

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15 Responses

  1. Theo
    Theo
    March 5, 2016, 11:57 am

    Trump is a laudmouthed, vulgare idiot, however I just love what he is doing!
    He is destroying that crusted Republican party, the establishment is running scared, Israel-first billionairs are moving over to the Democrats. The leaders of the party are sending all their storm troops to destroy the integrity of their own leading candidate, first time in history.

    Now we need all the dirt the investigators can dig up on Hillary to make my day perfect. Perhaps we can start to reform those parties to serve only american interests.

  2. Boomer
    Boomer
    March 5, 2016, 12:11 pm

    Sadly, an apt if vulgar illustration of a disturbing moment. But I would suggest that the headline for this piece should read “Speak loudly, and act like a big dick.”

  3. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    March 5, 2016, 4:29 pm

    It needs to be said that no one had a problem with Trump before all this. People went to his parties, his weddings, appeared on his tv shows and took his money. Now all of a sudden he is person non grata, a horrible man with horrible ideas! Yes, I’m sure he never elaborated about his world view at any of his weddings, parties or visits to the green room. This is all perfectly new to everyone. In fact name one thing Trump as advocated that has not been mentioned by any other republicans, even some democrats. Trump has the elites in fits because he’s not “playing by the rules” and that has them concerned. I think they fear he cannot be controlled and that is what they are really afraid of, not being in control.

  4. Bandolero
    Bandolero
    March 5, 2016, 5:36 pm

    I think the badge on the elephant has a minor mistake.

    It should read “GOPe” not “GOP.”

  5. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 5, 2016, 8:42 pm

    RE: “Speak softly and act like a big dick”

    MY COMMENT: Personally, Trump reminds me more of a “slop-jar” than a “big dick”!

    slop-jar
    English
    Noun
    slop-jar ‎(plural slop-jars)
    (US, dated) A container used for urinating or defecating when it is not possible or convenient to use a bathroom or toilet; a bedpan, a chamber pot. Commonly used in hospitals, where it is normally called bedpan. Formerly used in private residences that were without an indoor toilet or bathroom.

    Translations
    • a chamber pot

    Synonyms:
    • bedpan
    • slop-basin
    • slop-bowl
    • slop-pail
    • chamber pot
    • loo

    SOURCE – https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/slop-jar

  6. Froggy
    Froggy
    March 6, 2016, 8:18 am

    In front of a global audience — with the entirety of mankind as witness to US shame — Donald Trump responded to Marco Rubio’s jibes about his small hands by holding up his hands to show that they are plenty big, and that means his penis is big too.

    So Trump is admitting that he is a shmok/schmuck.

  7. March 6, 2016, 9:42 am

    What an obscene drawing to publish, especially for a site targeting audiences of all ages.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      March 6, 2016, 1:17 pm

      “What an obscene drawing to publish, especially for a site targeting audiences of all ages.”

      I know. Doesn’t it get you mad when a “liberal” turns out to be nothing but a libertine?

    • MRW
      MRW
      March 6, 2016, 1:45 pm

      Awwww.

      Which site?

      This one? It doesn’t target all ages. And if you’re complaining about obscene images, you’ll need to cover the eyes of every Israeli kid.

  8. MRW
    MRW
    March 6, 2016, 1:26 pm

    Oh, clutch the pearls!

    Jesus.

    Why didn’t they go after Rubio last week when he started it? Trump didn’t use the word penis (or dick). The press did. After the fact. And the nation falls for the Romney/Brooks’ puritanical ““Ummm. I’m telling God on you” moment, or expect us to be equally offended? Gimmeabrake.
    =========================================

    [What’s offensive is the multi-million slaughter or displacement of foreign innocents in the name of “our values” or “regime change” without the slightest outrage from the same pundit class.]

    • Leahj
      Leahj
      March 7, 2016, 8:22 am

      MRW, “Why didn’t they go after Rubio last week when he started it ?”

      That’s a very interesting question. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the venue makes a difference, that the public generally holds candidates to a higher standard during a televised debate than during their campaign rallies, town hall meetings, etc. Rubio’s ‘small hands’ remarks were on the campaign trail, while Trump’s response was on the debate stage, where he’s expected to present himself to the country & the world community as presidential.

      Also, when Rubio asked his supporters “And you know what they say (about men with small hands) don’t you?”, he immediately answered “They can’t be trusted! ” Which gives him some implausible deniability. :-)

  9. Marnie
    Marnie
    March 7, 2016, 1:02 am

    Haven’t the debates always been a glorified pissing contest? Now thanks to the class that apparently only money can buy, its become The Battle of (old) Dicks.

  10. Leahj
    Leahj
    March 7, 2016, 7:45 am

    “Rubio even went after Trump for plastic surgery, saying “he should sue whoever did that to his face.”

    I can see how it might have looked that way, out of context. But, that remark was attached to his preceding comment about Trump’s “bad spray tan” vs. Trump’s mocking of his (Rubio’s) own make-up application. And Rubio didn’t use the word ‘doctor’. I don’t really think he meant to suggest plastic surgery. Not that it actually matters.

  11. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 8, 2016, 7:20 am

    You realize that the top GOP candidate has no class, and it simply a crude, racist, serial liar.

    It is unbelievable that many Americans think this thing is Presidential material.

    Some of us have very low standards.

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