“He just calls it like he sees it.”
“He says what we’re thinking.”
“He tells it like it is.”
Three versions of the same excuse-to-pulverize, now a political allegory, courtesy of the charisma of crude.
If “blunt” is a merit by which sincerity, mental acuity, and humor can be measured, it’s also an appraisal of manners. Because for those of grace, wit, or old age, plain speaking can be charming.