Anyone who knows Braddock Mayor and current lieutenant-governor nominee John Fetterman knows that he’s no fan
of President Donald Trump. During the 2016 campaign, Fetterman
had many pointed criticisms of Trump and regularly used a beloved Western Pennsylvania word to describe Trump: jagoff. In fact, Fetterman even made t-shirts calling Trump a “jagoff.”
For those who don’t know, "jagoff" is a regional term used to describe “a stupid, irritating, or contemptible person,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary
. Pittsburgh Dad
says it. It’s basically a tame way to call someone a jerk.
But apparently the Pennsylvania Republican Party thinks it’s too profane to print. A May 16 tweet from the official Pennsylvania Republican Party account shows a picture of Fetterman next to a shirt that reads “Trump is a [censored space]." The text above the picture reads “The Pennsylvania Primary Election determined John Fetterman as the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor; Fetterman is endorsed by Bernie Sanders and his rise included selling t-shirts with profanity-laced attacks on President Trump!”
Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesperson Brandon Cwalina points out the hypocrisy in trying to call Fetterman profane when Trump regularly uses profanity. “If the PA GOP is offended by 'jagoff,' I'd love to hear what they have to say about President Trump's language," says Cwalina.
President Trump has refereed to African nations as “s—-hole countries”
and used profanity when talking about NFL players that knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Trump cursed at rallies when he was running for president.
On top of that, at least one conservative commentator has expressed in the past that there’s nothing wrong with calling Trump a jagoff. Former TribLive columnist and current CNN contributor Selena Zito regular writes about Trump voters in and around Pittsburgh.
in a July 2016 column in political newspaper The Hill
, “Is it fair to call Trump a jagoff? Absolutely. In fact, he might even admit that it is part of his strength and appeal to the very important voters that live in the areas where the word is used.”
Further adding to this irony is that Trump recently praised Zito
on Twitter for a book she co-wrote about Trump voters in the Rust Belt.
Also, it appears the PA GOP tweet hasn't been too successful. A link on the tweet leads to a fundraising page asking people to donate to fight “radical leftists who will do anything to obstruct President Trump’s Pro-American agenda.” As of print, the campaign has only raised 3 percent of its goal.
What a bunch of jagoffs.