During a live broadcast of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show on Friday afternoon last week, President Trump used foul language in a threat to Iran, warning “If you f**k around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before.”
The slightly delayed broadcast was able to blank out the word used, as profanity is prohibited under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines during daylight hours, due to the high risk of child listeners.
As shocking as such language on public radio may seem, Newsweek was quick to point out that President Trump is not the first politician to use foul language on camera. Current Presidential adversary and Former-Vice President Joe Biden was caught in 2010 using strong language during the bill-signing ceremony for the Affordable Care Act. While standing on the podium during the ceremony, Biden gave Obama a hug and was caught by multiple news outlets present saying, “This is a big f**king deal.”
In another instance, in 2004, Senator John Kerry was recorded using the f-word in a Rolling Stone interview while discussing the invasion of Iraq, stating, “I voted for what I thought was best for the country. … Did I expect George Bush to f**k it up as badly as he did? I don’t think anybody did.”
Earlier in the interview, Trump touched on Iran a couple of times. His first comment towards the Islamic nation was about his withdrawal from an Obama-era nuclear deal, claiming that due to the increased economic pressure, Hamas has less funding and that, “you don’t see the terror the way you used to see the terror.”
Though some have pointed out that this may be due to U.S. influence, Trump is technically true in that terrorism in the region has decreased, along with terrorism globally, which has almost been halved in the past four years, according to Vision of Humanity.
The next time Trump brought up Iran was an accusation claiming that the Iranian government is “dying to have me lose.” The comment was likely in reference to reports by the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Microsoft, and the State Department, which have all warned about international influence from Iran, China, and Russia, with Russia allegedly in support of the President, and China and Iran allegedly opposed.
After Trump’s interview on Limbaugh’s show, he spoke on Fox News later that evening in another on-air interview.