Perhaps it was hasty to suggest Donald Trump brought presidential politics to new lows. Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum also have a way with words that we haven’t seen since George W. Bush.
Malapropisms are the misuse of words with unintentional hilarity & Bush was a master at that, His father was a completely inarticulate boob, so wretched with language the NY Times should have stopped publishing presidential press conferences word-for word. Their problem wasn’t just malaprops but a complete lack of cognitive function in another case of privilege makes you stupid. The dysfunction was so severe a new word was invented to accommodate it: Bushism, which appears in the dictionary as GWB’s “unconventional use of language.”
The current GOP candidates aren’t flattering GHWB or GWB by comparison but are forging new cognitive & linguistic inroads into dysfunction with the notable inclusion of Huckabee’s sexual preoccupations.
They’re a deplorable lot & whilst we have to endure them we ought at least be able to have a little fun at their expense.