That was kind of a delayed reaction. Hang on a moment, and I’ll explain what I mean.
Three weeks ago, I wrote a post noting that a side issue had emerged at President Donald Trump’s infamous “Send her back!” rally in Greenville, N.C.
The controversy, as I noted, involved Trump’s choice of words.
Here’s how I opened that post:
If I told you that Donald Trump uttered a curse word, it probably wouldn’t surprise you.
We are talking, after all, about the future president caught on videotape uttering the famous “Grab-em-by-the-*****” line.
But how might Trump’s evangelical supporters react if the leader of the free world took God’s name in vain at a nationally televised politically rally?
That’s the intriguing — at first glance — plot in a Charlotte Observer news story.
So what brings us back to that same, profanity-laced subject?
That would be Politico, which has taken the story national with a relatively in-depth piece headlined “‘Using the Lord’s name in vain’: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy.”
Here’s Politico’s overture:
Paul Hardesty didn’t pay much attention to President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., last month until a third concerned constituent rang his cellphone.
The residents of Hardesty’s district — he’s a Trump-supporting West Virginia state senator — were calling to complain that Trump was “using the Lord’s name in vain,” Hardesty recounted.
“The third phone call is when I actually went and watched his speech because each of them sounded distraught,” Hardesty, who describes himself as a conservative Democrat, said.