Trump in Four Words: A 4-D Primer of The Donald’s Vocabulary

If you’ve been listening to Donald Trump’s verbal record for a while or if — God help you !— you’ve started to think in his voice, by now you have no doubt clued in to the somewhat constrained repertoire of simple terms he uses to unleash his displeasure with institutions and people, particularly those getting in his ways. Of these, three D-words keep popping up.

Disgrace. Disgusting. Disaster.

If there’s something wrong with the system or with people that uphold it, particularly if it it opposes The Donald’s goals, chances are he will peg it as a disgrace. If he finds an individual’s character or persona questionable, Donald will most likely call that person disgusting. And to flag and tag a failure — one that he’s uniquely qualified to rectify — he will class it as a disaster, with extra credit if he can use that word to describe a person whose utter incompetence and ill judgment (as Donald would grade it) led to the failure in question.

Well, that’s more or less an approximation. In some cases he simply round-robins among these three favorite D-words, and at times he fires them off interchangeably.

Shall we walk through some examples?


“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government. I’d want to change that.”

“I did well in the debate. A lot of people said I won that debate. But … the whole room was made up of special interests and donors, which is a disgrace from the RNC.”

About the RNC delegate process: “It’s a disgrace for the party. And Reince Priebus should be ashamed of himself.”

About Chicago protests that shut down a campaign rally: “[a] disgrace, if you want to know the truth.”

“I think Lindsey Graham is a disgrace, and I think you have one of the worst representatives of any representative in the United States, and I don’t think he should run.” (As we’ll see from other samples below, the Donald might have meant to say disaster in this instance.)

About the pope: “For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful.”


“There’s nothing like it — lies, deceit, viciousness, disgusting reporters.”

About rumors that he cheats at golf: “I think that’s disgusting. I’ve won a lot of golf tournaments.”

About a candidate’s mid-debate restroom break: “I know where she went — it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it… No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.”

“Rosie O’Donnell’s disgusting both inside and out. You take a look at her, she’s a slob. She talks like a truck driver, she doesn’t have her facts, she’ll say anything that comes to her mind…. I mean she’s basically a disaster.”


“It’s Friday. How many bald eagles did wind turbines kill today? They are an environmental & aesthetic disaster.”

“Bush was a disaster for the country as well as for the Republican Party.”

Of George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq: “I think he was a disaster and I think it was one of the worst decisions ever made.”

“We have a disaster called the big lie: Obamacare.”

“[Mitt Romney] was a disaster candidate who had no guts and choked! Romney is a total joke, and everyone knows it!”

About Marco Rubio: “He is a disaster with his credit cards.”

“Marco Rubio was a complete disaster today in an interview with Chris Wallace @FoxNews concerning our invading Iraq.”

“The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.”

“My people came up to me, they said, ‘Mr. Trump, the Pope just made a big statement about you.’ And I said, ‘good or bad?’ They said, ‘Not good.’ I said, ‘Oh, this is a disaster.’”

(For a fuller accounting of Trump’s disaster list: check this link…)

Hitting the Trifecta…

As we’ve seen already in one case, if something or someone (most likely the latter) really irks the Donald, as Rossie O’Donell did, he might lavish them with two of these D-words. But perfect storms are possible.

Apparently, the Mizzou protests and subsequent official response earned Donald’s full 3-D treatment. He called the protests disgusting, predicted that the official reaction to them would be a disaster, and when reflecting on the protesters’ demands, called them crazy and topped the whole thing off with “It is just disgraceful.Well done, Mizzou!

One last D-word

By now you have probably anticipated the last D-word. With this D-word, The Donald will cure and correct all that he deems disgusting, disastrous or disgraceful. Of course, we’re talking about the deal — the big Deal! That’s right. All these maladies will vanish in the wake of The Donald’s terrific deal-making skills. He will be so artful at it. He will negotiate all our woes away.

And if you don’t buy into it or think it possible, well, there isn’t much you can do about it. You best deal with it.