President Donald Trump on Friday, October 9, used the F-word live, on the air with conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh, while threatening retaliation against any potential aggression by the government of Iran.
The internet promptly lit up at the taboo-breaking remark, which came as Trump, fresh from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and recovering from the coronavirus, has been on a spree of eyebrow-raising interviews with friendly hosts.
Be warned, the audio and tweets below contain profanity.
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Trump Told Limbaugh That Iran Was ‘On Notice’ That If They ‘F*** Around With Us, the United States Will ‘Do Things to [Them] That Have Never Been Done Before’
“If you fuck around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.” — the President of the United States pic.twitter.com/RfDKchaw7i
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2020
During a two-hour live “radio rally” with Limbaugh posing listener questions to the president, Trump took on Iran briefly, and dropped the F-word heard round the nation.
“And Iran knows that and, they’ve been put on notice,” Trump said. “If you f*** around with us, if you do something bad to us, were going to do things to you that have never been done before.”
Limbaugh had no visible reaction to Trump’s use of the obscenity, merely saying, “That’s right.”
Vox reporter Aaron Rupar was one of the first to flag the clip, which received almost 6,000 likes within a half an hour.
Avid Trump supporter J.T. Lewis, whose brother was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, praised Trump’s use of profanity.
“[Iran] has been put on notice. If you fuck around with us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.”
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) October 9, 2020
“We didn’t elect [Trump] to be politically correct,” Lewis said. “We elected him to hold regimes like Iran’s accountable!”
Journalist Dan O’Sullivan drew a direct line between Trump’s comment and the fact that the president is still recovering from coronavirus.
Weird to think there were parts of Trump's brain that still had a filter before Covid ate through them, I think him saying "fuck" in a genocidal screed against Iran on the radio is a new one even for him https://t.co/8GDwTdisUa
— Dan O'Sullivan (@Bro_Pair) October 9, 2020
“Weird to think there were parts of Trump’s brain that still had a filter before COVID ate through them,” he said. “I think him saying ‘f***’ in a genocidal screed against Iran on the radio is a new one even for him.”
During the ‘Largest Virtual Rally in Radio History,’ Trump Also Claimed That He Was No Longer on Any Medication for COVID-19 & That Black Americans ‘Don’t Dig’ Joe Biden
Limbaugh billed the live radio event in advance as “the largest virtual rally in radio history,” and began the program by playing the music that usually accompanies Trump’s walk-on at rallies, as well as crowd noise, MSNBC’s Eli Stokols reported.
Trump in February gifted Limbaugh with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, during his State of the Union Address.
The conversation lasted for two hours.
At one point, Trump attacked Joe Biden and vowed that he would improve upon the 8% of the Black vote he won in 2016, referencing a remark he frequently, inaccurately, attributes to Biden, the New York Post reported.
“They don’t like Biden,” Trump said. “He did the super predator stuff. You know, he’s the super predator king.”
“The Black community gets it,” Trump also said. “They don’t dig him. They don’t like him.”
"Now, I'm free. I feel perfect. I have no — I'm not taking anything. I'm off any regimen that they gave me." https://t.co/pw293v7yhz
— Francesca Chambers (@fran_chambers) October 9, 2020
“Now, I’m free. I feel perfect,” Trump said, according to McClatchy’s Francesca Chambers. “I have no — I’m not taking anything. I’m off any regimen that they gave me.”
The night before, during a lengthy interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump also claimed to be feeling perfect, despite coughing heavily and losing his voice at one point.