Presidential candidate Donald Trump, pictured here 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, has inspired a conversation about vulgarity in political speech.
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Presidential candidate Donald Trump, pictured here 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, has inspired a conversation about vulgarity in political speech.
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Vulgarity In Politics: The Shiny Object That Distracts Us

Bill Radke speaks with University of Washington historian Margaret O'Mara about mud slinging and crudeness in American politics.

After Donald Trump defended the size of his penis during a Republican primary debate, some people asked, have we hit a new low? According to O'Mara, the answer is no. Things like this have been happening for centuries.

And often, the vulgarity is a smoke screen that distracts from the real issues, O'Mara said.