Real estate mogul Donald Trump has turned to a familiar phrase as his latest line of defense for his "Mexican" judge criticism: people who are criticizing him for it are just being "politically correct."
In an interview with The New York Times, Trump complained about Republicans who are outraged over saying a federal judge was biased against him because he's a "Mexican."
"Politicians are so politically correct anymore, they can’t breathe," Trump bemoaned. "The people are tired of this political correctness when things are said that are totally fine. It is out of control. It is gridlock with their mouths."
The "politically correct" line is Trump's default response to shield himself from any sort of criticism. While sometimes that defense is accurate, at times Trump is confusing vulgarity for being politically incorrect. Here are nine other times Trump has used the "politically correct" line -- a few times accurately, but often just using it as a means of excusing his actions.
1. The criticism he received for saying that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever." In an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Trump responded to the controversy surrounding his comments on Kelly by saying, "This political correctness is just absolutely killing us as a country. You can't say anything. Anything you say today, they will find a reason why it's not good. I think we have to get back to work as a country."
2. A reporter who questioned Trump's vulgar language on the campaign trail. After Trump won a couple of primaries on March 8, a reporter asked him, "How do you explain some of the language?"
Trump did not particularly care for the question.
"Oh, you’re so politically correct," Trump snarled. "You’re so beautiful. Oh, look at you. Ohhh, he’s so — I know, you’ve never heard a little bad, a little off language. I know, you’re a perfect. Aren’t you perfect? Aren’t you just a perfect young man? Give me break. You know what, it’s stuff like that that people in this country are tired of. OK? It’s stuff like that."
3. The phony friendship between Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on the campaign trail. Trump went into a rant about politics as usual back in September, and as an example highlighted how Rubio and Bush hated each other but couldn't say so publicly.
"This is what bothers me about politicians," Trump said. "He announces he's gonna run and they go to Jeb, 'what do you think of Marco Rubio?' 'He's my dear, dear friend, he's wonderful, he's a wonderful person, I'm so happy that he's running.' Give me a break. That's called politicians' speak. Then they go to Marco, what do you think of Jeb Bush? 'Ohh, he's great, he's brought me along."
Trump called the whole thing "politically correct crap" to massive applause.
4. The backlash he received for mocking a disabled reporter. As a refresher, when Trump came under fire for saying that he saw "thousands" of Muslims cheering the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New Jersey, he pointed to a story by a reporter Serge Kovaleski as evidence, although Kovaleski said he didn't remember such a story. Trump responded by mocking Kovaleski making "jerking motions seeming to imitate the man's condition" in a speech. Trump later denied that he knew that Kovaleski was disabled, even though Kovaleski said they knew each other on a "first name basis" at one point, and Trump blamed the criticism he was receiving on...political correctness.
"Never say a disable person or the disabled, say a person with disabilities. In other words you say the other, you’re in trouble," Trump said. "OK, Never use the term handicapped parking, use only accessible parking, even though people have handicapped permits. So it's so complicated out there, it's tough. And we want to be politically correct, but a lot of us don't have time to be politically correct."
5. The term "anchor baby." A reporter questioned Trump's use of the term "anchor baby" and said it was the term was insulting, to which Trump replied, "You mean it’s not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it?"
6. The mockery he received for predicting the terror attack in Brussels, Belgium. In an appearance on Fox Business, Trump sounded a warning about the radical Islamism brewing in Brussels.
"There is something going on, Maria," Trump told host Maria Batiromo. "Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Sharia law, where they want this [and], you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on. You go to Brussels — I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful — it’s like living in a hellhole right now."
The leftist media laughed at Trump's comments and looked down on them in disdain. After the Brussel terror attacks occurred, Trump gave himself a mighty pat on the back on Facebook.
"I would rather be CORRECT than politically correct!" Trump said.
7. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich's (R) calls to fire Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for grabbing then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields's arm. Trump defended Lewandowski on an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, saying, "They want to be politically correct. I don’t want to be politically correct. I want to be correct."
8. Kelly's question in the first Fox News debate about Trump's sexist comments towards women. Trump responded, "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people, and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either."
9. Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) criticism of Trump for saying that "Islam hates us" at the March 9 CNN debate. To which Trump responded, "You can be politically correct if you want, I don’t want to be so politically correct."