From Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Dawsey:
Mr. Trump has also come under scrutiny from some evangelicals this week for his temperament and profanity. Mr. Trump said Saturday night that he wouldn’t use profanity any longer and that it would be easy to stop cursing, but he often curses to make a point.
Mr. Bush repeatedly defended his brother, which drew large applause from the audience. The audience also cheered when Mr. Trump was questioned by the moderators about his profanity.
At a recent Trump rally, many of Mr. Trump’s supporters said they didn’t mind his cursing. Alice Hendershot, a 67 year old retired bus driver, said it made him more credible and that he seemed like less of a politician.
“None of the others would just say it like he does,” she said.
But at a recent forum of evangelicals in Greenville that Mr. Trump skipped, many voters criticized him and said they would never vote for him because of his attitude.
Mr. Trump sent Mark Burns, a preacher, to defend him and his profanity at the forum. The crowd gave him far less applause than the other speakers.
It’s quite clear that the other four candidates on the stage last night have far better bona fides with evangelical voters than do Trump. All that swearing and spewing of Daily Kos talking points isn’t helping.