Mike Huckabee, January 7, 2017
President Trump has the knack for packing a lot of commentary into just a few words, and his use of nicknames is one preferred tactic. “Crooked Hillary” is right on the money to anyone who’s been paying attention to her exploits over the years; the word “crooked” pretty much says it all. (Of course, now that investigations into the Clinton Foundation and the handling of Hillary’s email case have been opened by the Justice Department, he might want to simply refer to her by her case number.) And now, Steve Bannon has the distinct honor of being renamed “Sloppy Steve.”
“Sloppy” can mean a lot of things. It can mean tossing one’s clothes on the floor, as Trump himself has been accused of doing by trivial fiction writer Michael Wolff. But in calling Bannon “sloppy,” Trump is referring to something much more serious than not hanging up one’s clothes: sloppiness with the facts and the message.