Conservative talk show host Ken Matthews, in a speech to Lancaster County Republicans on Monday, praised President Donald Trump for reminding the country of “the power of free speech,” even if it’s offensive or “hurts your feelings.”
“Thanks to the people in this room … along with 62 million others, President Trump has changed everything,” Mathews said. “That is the brilliance of our president. He knows how to fight back with words. He knows how to stay focused. And he knows how not to let political correctness throw him off his game.”
While claiming Democrats “like to hijack the American English language,” the WHP 580 host condemned the idea of political correctness and said the left has “set up a verbal minefield” for the GOP.
He told the hundreds of GOP officials, candidates and committee members that one of his biggest pet peeves was when people like Caitlyn Jenner or Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are called “heroes.”
And for topics like Christianity or guns, he said it was unfortunate many people feel uncomfortable talking about them at all.
“Political correctness has brought our county to its knees — well, look at the NFL,” he said.
Matthews, whose Harrisburg-based radio program features a daily discussion of national politics and cultural issues, is a regular fill-in for national conservative host Rush Limbaugh.
Speaking at the Republican Committee of Lancaster County’s annual fall fundraising dinner at the Eden Resort and Suites in Manheim Township, he focused on language while coming to the idea that Republicans must effectively communicate their messages and values.
Along the way, he also mocked many prominent Democrats — drawing laughs as he called Hillary Clinton’s book and former FBI Director James Comey’s memoir “whiny.”
He mused that Michelle Obama’s new book tour was called, “I’m still not proud of this damn country,” and then referred to her as one of the “losers and leftists who think they can fill stadiums” because “they have redefined our morals, our language.”
Several top Republican officials and candidates from Lancaster County listened in the audience. And before the keynote, a few of those officials referred to the enthusiasm among their Democratic opponents before the Nov. 6 election.
“It’s the first time that I can remember that each and every one of us has a Democratic opponent,” state Rep. David Hickernell, of West Donegal Township, said referring to the 11 contested legislative races in the county. “I mean you think back a few years ago when most of us didn’t have opponents at all.”
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, who is seeking a second term next month against challenger Jess King, told the group he didn’t know two months ago if Republicans could match the excitement this year — but he believes they have now.
The Lancaster County Democratic Committee held its own annual fundraising banquet Saturday, hosting Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart as he offered a critique of Trump’s morals and behavior.