President Trump isn't thinking about himself. He's thinking about the kids.
That vulgar joke Stephen Colbert told last week? You know, the one involving a certain orifice of Trump's and a certain appendage of Vladimir Putin's? The real shame, the president told Time magazine in an interview published Thursday, is that little ears might have heard a naughty word.
“What he says is filthy,” Trump said. “And you have kids watching.”
This from the man who tried to justify “grab 'em by the p---y” as “locker-room talk” — the same man who dropped an f-bomb at one campaign rally and boasted at another that he would “bomb the s---" out of the Islamic State.
Because we're talking about impressionable youngsters, let's recall what one yelled at a Trump event in the summer.
Let's also remember the 11-year-old boy who told CNN a few days later that “listening to a few bad words coming out of Donald Trump is a lot better than people getting blown up by terrorists.”
Crude language is part of Trump's brand. His campaign doubled as an assault on political correctness. Yet he seems to see no irony in objecting to Colbert's foul mouth — for the sake of the children.
We've seen this move by Trump before. When former Mexican president Vicente Fox said last year that there is no way his country is going to pay for “that f---ing wall,” Trump said Fox “used a filthy, disgusting word on television, and he should be ashamed of himself, and he should apologize.”
In the fall, Trump criticized “the very foul-mouthed Sen. John McCain.”
Trump's policy seems to be that cuss words are okay only for him.