Maybe it’s time to take the outrage meter in for routine calibration. It seemed like a pretty big deal when CNN laid the blame squarely on Donald Trump and his dangerous rhetoric for those Election Day riots that haven’t happened yet, so the news that Trump used the word “ghettos” at a campaign stop in Toledo perhaps didn’t cause that nationwide outbreak of fainting spells the news networks seem to have expected.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2016
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 27, 2016
@CNNPolitics remarkable…his world view is that of a child.
— Mom in chief (@_chiefmom) October 28, 2016
The word must be nearer to extinction than suspected, as CNN actually included Merriam-Webster’s definition in its coverage, adding that the G-word “is no longer used in mainstream political discourse.” That’s the sort of thing Trump’s advisors should have warned him about before he attempted to enter the political mainstream.
@CNNPolitics um, so?
— Dbright21 (@Dbright21) October 28, 2016
@CNNPolitics WoW! No one has EVER referred to the inner city as Ghetto's before…SHOCKING!
— Rick Blaine (@Crush1134) October 27, 2016
@CNNPolitics *gasp* The horror!
— Ultimate Deplorable (@DickHardy888) October 28, 2016
@CNNPolitics obama has made same references as well…generally thought of as areas in cities that are low income
— donca911 (@donca911) October 28, 2016
@CNNPolitics fact check: they are ghettos
— Libertarian Larry (@Libertarian5000) October 28, 2016
@CNNPolitics So! Definition: A part of a city, especially a slum area, occupied by a minority group or groups.
— Patrick Driver (@PDriverKC) October 28, 2016
“Slum area” sounds pretty sketchy as well. Let’s see; the Associated Press suggests that reporters use section, district, quarter, or … slum area? Come on.
@CNNPolitics Yeah, so? That's what a ghetto is. You're grasping at straws.
— Naly (@nalywid) October 28, 2016
When you’re at Starbucks they let you do it. Grasp straws by the handful. You can do anything.
— Andrew Mack (@5MACKnIT) October 28, 2016
@CNNPolitics any email news lately to report? ?
— Lois Lasseigne (@LoisLasseigne) October 28, 2016
— Deplorable Mike (@wrenchboy) October 28, 2016
Where did Trump even pick up such a word?
@CNNPolitics Maybe he heard it in a rap song.
— Nick Titan (@nicktitanmill) October 28, 2016
Chances are pretty good that Donald Trump has never heard a rap song, unlike West Coast rap aficionado Hillary Clinton.
She certainly knows that ghetto is not OK in mainstream political discourse, but hopefully there’s an exception for Jay Z’s Get Out the Vote concert on her behalf in Cleveland … C-town is going to be counting on Hova to deliver classics like “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” and “So Ghetto.”
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BIG PIMPIN’. Guess who’s headlining a concert JUST for Hillary? [hint, he raps about b*tches and ho’s] https://t.co/seRszhM4yE
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 25, 2016