Donald Trump’s Insults Are Dumb, Dopey And Just Plain Bad

When it comes to dealing with losers, the GOP candidate isn't at a loss for words

Donald J. Trump: King of jabs and barbs. — (Illustration: R. A. Di Ieso/Vocativ)
Dec 16, 2015 at 5:31 PM ET

Are you a loser, a dummy or a dope? Let flaxen-haired Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump tell you, using top picks from his carefully curated name-calling vocabulary.

Vocativ analyzed more than 3,500 tweets posted by Trump since he announced his candidacy on June 16, and learned not only which insults he likes to throw the most, but which words he’s most likely to use depending on who gets under his combover. And nobody is safe from the Donald’s playground vitriol.

Trump’s favorite insults, ranked by how often he doles them out, range from the childish (“dummy,” “dopey” and “loser”) to the marginally more polysyllabic: (lightweight,” “overrated” and “ridiculous).  Trump’s favorite hate-word is as simple and effective as is most of his own rhetoric: His word of choice is “bad.”

Trump labels everyone from political pundits to television networks to the government as “bad” actors, and often prefers to use “bad” in conjunction with other insults. “I hear that dopey political pundit, Lawrence O’Donnell, one of the dumber people on television, is about to lose his show-no ratings? Too bad,” he tweeted on June 25, in one of his most slur-laden tweets ever. “Iran continues to delay the nuclear deal while doing many bad things behind our backs. Time to WALK and double the sanctions. Stop payments!” he demanded on July 10.


Ever since Fox anchor Megyn Kelly took Donald Trump to task over his derogatory comments about women at the first GOP debate on August 6, the front-runner has directed an overwhelming level of abuse at her. Trump has called Kelly out in 62 posts, but he hasn’t settled on a favorite insult for her. “She is totally overrated and angry. She really bombed tonite (sic),” he tweeted on August 7. On September 22: “Do you ever notice that lightweight @megynkelly constantly goes after me but when I hit back it is totally sexist. She is highly overrated!” Trump’s only consistency in his attacks on Kelly is how often he insults her. On Tuesday, he tweeted simply: “Too bad dopey @megynkelly lies.” (Dopey is emerging as a recent favorite.)

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Vocativ’s analysis reveals Trump is actually less brazen when it comes to calling out fellow presidential candidates. He has never described a competitor as a “dope” or a “loser,” (perhaps because that would describe the company he keeps nowadays) and has only called Ohio governor John Kasich a “dummy.” He tweeted on November 23: “Going to Ohio, home of one of the worst presidential candidates in history–Kasich. Can’t debate, loves #ObamaCare–dummy!” That said, he thinks most presidential wannabes are “weak,” including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Hillary Clinton. Trump has called candidates “weak” 21 times, mostly hitting out at their stance on immigration. Trump thinks Rubio is worst: He’s described the Florida senator as being “weak” in eight tweets since June.

Trump also loves to copy and paste tweets from fans, complete with quotes—Trump’s signature brand of slightly haywire “retweeting.” He particularly likes to parrot fans who use similar insults against common enemies. On June 19, he quoted one fan as stating: “Thx 4 your great article. Our country is in big trouble w/the dopey politicians that are running it.” Later, on September 12, he quoted another: “Ignore the losers and the haters, you are going to make this country great again,” suggesting Donald Trump’s personal vocabulary may be catching on.