Donald Trump has been on Twitter longer than many of his political competitors. He's embraced the medium, perhaps predictably, using it in the way he uses his campaign rallies: As a way to say whatever is on his mind to a large number of people.

Which means, as it has at some rallies, that Trump is more than willing to swear to emphasize his points. Over the course of his time on Twitter, including in some cases after he announced his presidential candidacy, Trump has tweeted or retweeted profanity on his account more than 100 times.

Before we continue, we will demurely note that The Washington Post tends not to use a lot of cussing on its pages. For kicks, we've changed the four swear words we looked at into names. The word beginning with an F is "Frank." The one beginning with an S is "Sam." The three-letter word starting with A becomes "Alex," and the longer, seven-letter variant thereof, "Alexander." We are not 10, but if any 10-year-olds read this, their innocent sensibilities will be spared (in case there is some 10-year-old who doesn't know the f-word).

Comparing the use of those words among the top presidential contenders, Trump is far-and-away the victor.

He loves the Alex/Alexander phrasing. He has used it to insult Bette Midler.

(We've edited all of these tweets to protect the 10-year-olds, but feel free to click the links.)

He likes to talk about how he's kicking Alex in his business deals.

He uses Alexander to disparage critics, both famous…

(Our replacements are confusing here. ALEXelrod is David Axelrod, but, of course, that's not what the tweeter called him.)

…and not.


His longstanding feud with Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter -- related, of all things, to the length of Trump's fingers -- prompted Trump to describe Carter as looking like Sam.

He has repeatedly retweeted people using "Frank."

Including one point at which he tsk-tsked a guy for swearing, apparently without irony.

There was the time that someone who questioned Trump's use of Twitter in frank (lower-case) terms became an Alexander.

And the time Trump defended Paula Deen by retweeting someone using the n-word, here transliterated as "Nancy."

The magic of the Trump candidacy, of course, is that his willingness to swear at critics on Twitter is a bonus, not a detriment. If Marco Rubio called a follower an Alexander on Twitter, it would prompt enormous hand-wringing. For Trump, it's just Trump being Trump.

The guy's plan to beat the Islamic State is to bomb the Sam out of them. So of course he's going to use rough language with people who mock his hair on social media.