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Political insult refers to a statement from a politician about another one which contains disdainful purpose or notorious offense. They are not defined in any political protocol.
Notable political insults
- 1858, Abraham Lincoln, on Stephen Douglas: "His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death."
- 1922, Georges Clemenceau, French statesman on David Lloyd George, British politician: "Oh, if I could piss the way he speaks!"
- 1989, Paul Keating, Australian Prime Minister on John Howard, Australian politician: “He’s just a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”
- 1999, Mustafa Tlass, Syrian minister of Defense called Yaser Arafat "son of 60,000 whores".
- 2006, Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela named George Bush (President of United States) "devil". (See 2006 Chávez speech at the United Nations)
- 2010, Mohammad-Javad Larijani, Iranian Secretary of High Council for Human rights, called Barack Obama, President of the United States "Kaka Siah", a Persian term akin to "nigger."
- 2013, John McCain, U.S. Senator, compared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Islamic republic of Iran with the monkeys by tweeting:"So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn't he just there last week? "Iran launches monkey into space"".[non-primary source needed]
- 2013, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel called Hasan Rouhani, President of Islamic republic of Iran, "a wolf in sheep's clothing".
- 2014, Tony Abbott, prime minister of Australia offended Vladimir Putin, president of Russia by saying "shirtfront".
- 2016, Rodrigo Duterte, president of Philippine used the words "Son of a whore" and "Go to the hell" for Barack Obama, President of the United States. Duterte has also said some offenses about European Union, United Nations, Pope and God in his official speeches.
- 2016, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, United States presidential election of 2016 nominees have insulted each other in presidential debates. Trump has a long history of using unflattering monikers and slurs against various political opponents.
- 2019, Paul Keating on Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia: "He's a fossil with a baseball cap".
- Debate at Quincy, Illinois, October 13, 1858
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- Alexander Chancellor. "The Son of 60,000 Whores". Slate. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Chávez Calls Bush 'the Devil' in U.N. Speech". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Questions for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad". The Wall Street Journal. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "John McCain Trashes Iranian President Ahmadinejad's Spaceman Dream With Twitter Joke". Business Insider. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- "McCain's twitt". Twitter. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
- "Netanyahu: Iranian president is 'wolf in sheep's clothing'". CNN. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
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- Jim Gomez (4 October 2016). "Duterte tells Obama 'you can go to hell,' warns of breakup". Associated Press. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "After Obama, UN, EU, and Pope, Duterte takes on God". Coconuts Manila. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- "Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton trade insults on CNN". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
- Mazengarb, Michael (6 May 2019). "Keating: Morrison "a fossil with a baseball cap"". RenewEconomy. Retrieved 5 July 2020.