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Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell calling Donald Trump a “motherf**ker” is the energy we need

In a now deleted tweet, the 1993 Canadian leader launched a scatching critique.

January 8, 2019

It’s 2019, and despite the collective delusion that the rollercoaster has to wind down at some point, things seem to only be growing exponentially more unhinged, thanks to an indefinite government shutdown in the States. The chaos seems to have reached a point where thankfully, people aren’t afraid to say what needs to be said, with President Trump being called a “motherfucker” from all directions – including former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell.

Campbell, who represented the Conservative Party as the sole female Prime Minister in this country’s history, joined in the chorus of derision that’s been rightfully aimed at the US President over the past two years. The former PM was inspired by Trump’s lack of contingency plan regarding the payment of federal workers affected by the government shutdown, a state of affairs prompted by his headstrong petitioning of a US-Mexico border wall:

Campbell’s since-deleted callout is just one of several high-profile tomatoes lobbed at Trump in the past week. The former Prime Minister’s comment echoed congress newcomer Rashida Tlaib, who, hours after being sworn into office, vowed to “impeach the motherfucker.” Tlaib’s sentiments put forth a vulgarity that’s not only long overdue, but inspiring – prompting a number of responses, including one from motherfucker of the bad-ass variety, Samuel L. Jackson:

Though the MAGA set may be up in arms about the lack of decorum surrounding these statements about their decorum-lacking President, this outspoken anger and frustration—which comes from all genders, countries, races, and sides of the political spectrum—is evidence of a real thirst for change.

Given Canada’s growing flirtation with Trump-adjacent conservatism (as seen in Ontario’s own Ford government), it’s especially relieving to hear these statements from Campbell. It shows that no matter what country you’re from or what side you’re on, bad government is still bad government. Moreso, though, it lets us all breathe a sigh of relief that maybe – just maybe – us Canadians won’t find ourselves with an incompetence-spurned shutdown of our own from whoever takes the upcoming Federal elections.

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