Donald Trump likes using the word sad as an insult.

A Brief History of Sad, Donald Trump’s Favorite Insult

A Brief History of Sad, Donald Trump’s Favorite Insult

A show about the mysteries of English.
Feb. 22 2016 5:12 PM

The Full, Firm, Valiant, and Heavy-Hearted Trump

Donald Trump calls people (and publications) he doesn’t like sad. When did that word become an insult?

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DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 28: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he speaks to veterans at Drake University on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. Donald Trump held his alternative event to benefit veterans after withdrawing from the televised Fox News/Google GOP debate which airs at the same time. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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