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James A. LindsayJames A. LindsayJun 7, 2016

Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist

Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist.

Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist, especially if you're a woman (or anything remotely like a "beta-male"); do not even use words like ableist or transphobic; and, lastly, most definitely do not call him Hitler or even make the comparison. Those phrases, when directed against Trump or the angry conservative machine that is feeding his success as a candidate, are helping – not hurting – his chances in November.

People left, right, and center - but especially on the right - are justifiably sick and tired of being called bigots and having almost everything in social politics reduced to smear campaigns about bigotry. This overbearing assault is the well-intended and ill-conceived product of a fashionable strain of progressivism that has taken it as a holy mission to stamp out bigotry in all its forms in every corner of our society.

The over-application of terms of bigotry as a means of silencing disagreement with a left-bending social orthodoxy has become, shall we say, "problematic." As a result, words like racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobe, and the rest, have become conservative dog-whistles that mean "honest and brave," and "willing to speak his mind (without fear)." Like the inappropriate application of an antibiotic, the incessant misuse of these terms has created a superbug.

The real question is how it has missed nearly everyone's notice that perhaps the most commonly stated reason for support for Trump, "I like him because he's not afraid to speak his mind," might have something to do with hating the excesses of political correctness. (Is there a parallel here to left-wing denials of the open admissions made by jihadists who claim that they attack for Islam?) What, exactly, do people imagine that angry conservatives are glad he's got the nerve to say openly?

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Everyone reading this should know that conservative retaliation was bound to come. As progressives must know, you cannot oppress a people forever without an eventual backlash.

We've probably all heard and maybe felt that sense of oppression in the untold number of times that we've heard (or uncomfortably said), "wait, we can't call them that anymore" before interchanging some identity term for a new sanitized euphemism. (Comedian George Carlin was particularly poignant with bits about this issue decades ago, so it's hard to pretend no one could have seen it coming.) Conservatives have definitely felt this pressure more than anyone else, and it seems they've had enough.

The inevitable backlash to this sort of frustration is straightforward. People will eventually give in, reject the social taboo, and will champion those others who do so too, especially from a platform. Enter the Donald.

As the Washington Post reports,

But in scores of interviews across the country in recent months, supporters often echoed one another in describing what they like about Trump: He isn't afraid to say the things they also say, even if those things are deemed racist, sexist, xenophobic or politically incorrect.

So it has come to pass that if you call Trump a racist, a sexist, or a bigot of any kind, then anyone who is tired of feeling the excesses of political correctness will rally to him. It doesn't matter whether or not it's true; the people supporting Trump will rally behind any champion that can dump political correctness on its head. That champion right now is Donald J. Trump, and he's got a real shot of winning the American presidency.

If you want Trump to lose, consider holding your tongue.

With his base, all Trump has to do to counter accusations of bigotry is not to care too much about the accusations themselves and then use tokens to show superficially that he's not a bigot. This he amply demonstrates that he understands ("I love Hispanics!", "I cherish women!", and "Look at my African American over here!").

It doesn't matter whether the man is a bigot or not. By calling Trump as a bigot – since his "platform" is essentially at least half just against political correctness (and the other half nativist and isolationist) – the bar for his success is lowered tremendously: Trump just has to make some passable attempt at demonstrating that he's not really a bigot, and he succeeds. No one should want to lower any candidate's bar that far, least of all Trump's (as it may be the only one he could actually clear), but we seem awfully eager to.

This problem rises to an extreme with comparisons to Hitler. The more traction that the comparisons between Trump and Hitler get, the farther Trump's bar falls toward having merely to convince people that he's not Hitler. That means when he goes up against Hillary Clinton (presumably) for the rest of the year, her electoral bar will be set at "I'm good enough to be POTUS over this very fractured nation" while his is "Hey, I've never committed a genocide. Why would I do that?" In other words, if comparing Trump to Hitler didn't ruin him the first time it happened, it isn't going to, and at this point, it's helping him tremendously.

Though people seem to be slowly catching on, nobody understood the movement behind Trump because they were mischaracterizing it. They thought he was running a campaign roughly in line with the usual political fare of the United States. He wasn't and still isn't. Trump is running purely on angry backlash, and much of it is directed squarely against political correctness. Thus, if you want him to win, keep calling him a racist, sexist, and all the rest. If you want him to lose, stop it. (Believe me, anyone you could sway with these epithets was already swayed a long time ago.)

The Long Explanation

Now, because many will think I'm completely off-base unless I devote outrageous detail to the full problem, I will do what I can to explain the earth and fertilizer of Trump's toxic movement. The whole TL;DR crowd can check out now and consider the essay itself done – stop calling Trump a bigot; it's backfiring. For those that want to understand why it has come to be this way, many points need explanation. Bear with me.

Politically Incorrect Backlash

Donald Trump's political success seems shocking. For months, everyone, the media included, has struggled to make sense of his repeated wins. Throughout the Republican debates, and then the primaries, almost everything the man said was billed "the end of his campaign" and yet succeeded in driving his numbers up, up, and up in the polls. Political correctness has a lot to do with this apparent paradox.

Appreciate for a moment that over just the last few months, Trump openly called FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly a "bimbo" (and made a number of other remarks about her that polite society has rejected as being sexist and misogynistic). He called for building a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants (despite the fact that they're leaving faster than they're coming) and branded them "criminals" and "rapists." He called for a complete and total ban on Muslims entering the country. He refused to disavow Grand Wizard David Duke of the KKK. Going against predictions at every turn, none of it ended his presidential aspirations (a stark change from just four years ago). Instead, all of these apparent blunders dramatically increased his standings in the polls and propelled him to win (presumptively) the Republican nomination for President of the United States. If you understand anything about the movement behind him, it's no surprise at all.

Conservatives who support Trump hate political correctness, and it isn't because they're racists, sexists, misogynists, homophobes, and all the rest. Some of them are those things, and some of them aren't. What they hate about political correctness is that someone who doesn't know or understand them has the gall to tell them what they can and can't (and should and shouldn't) say or think. Worse, those busybodies feel it is perfectly appropriate to throw around socially stigmatizing labels of bigotry without even daring to listen to the more nuanced view that conservatives feel they hold on matters of identity politics.

Conservatives as a rule also hate collectivism and that certain groups – usually not their own groups, it should be pointed out – are granted certain apparent unearned advantages, like affirmative action, apparently one-sided sexual harassment policies, and state benefits. (Note: I'm not saying that conservative cases against those efforts are right or wrong, or that they attend to the relevant details; I'm just saying what the conservatives I know don't like about "liberal" thinking and policy.) These aspects of identity politics become intolerable to Trump's brand of conservative once coupled with social speech codes that make speaking out against them (even carefully) into deviant behavior.

Truly, Trump's supporters are also retaliating against a number of other social, political, and economic forces that they find unbearable – whatever fault they possess in creating those circumstances for themselves. (I have no interest in wading into the messy and moralistic argument over whether or not Trump supporters deserve sympathy for their plight, so please note that no essay I'll ever write will attempt to deal with it.) Widespread understanding of these mechanisms, and that the Trump movement is a backlash against that which his supporters hate, is crucial to undermining his bid for the presidency.

Insulting Oversimplifications

As a Southerner myself, two things I've maintained for years about Southerners (which generalizes to a bulk of today's conservatives) are

  1. They have a complicated relationship with race (which generalizes to identity politics), and

  2. They can change, but not as fast as progressive liberals want them to.

To the first of these points, most conservatives are not quite racist, but they hold attitudes and say things that more racially sensitive people would see as racist. The great fall of buttercream mogul Paula Deen, and its borderline-insane conservative backlash, makes a great example. This distinction is subtle but important, and a huge part of it lies in realizing that conservatives, often at some considerable personal effort, do not see themselves as racist and often actively try not to be.

(The hypersensitive here will unhelpfully interject that if you have to try not to be a bigot, then you are one. They fail to realize that their definition of bigotry might be a bit more strict than the one conservatives use, and thus that in "trying not to be racist," many conservatives see themselves as making an effort to toe a progressive social line that they see as going further than it needs to. Notice how browbeating them over this difference of opinion might irk people over time, especially if they keep getting called racist for it.)

Through thirty years of dealing with Southern conservatives (more than three quarters of whom claim to support Trump's presidential bid right now), I feel pretty certain in concluding that conservatives tend not to be racist, but they do accept stereotype accuracy. Stereotype accuracy enjoys the prestige of being one of the best founded and repeatedly reproduced results in social psychology, and suffers the ignobility of being rejected as racist by social activists on the left (including armies of social psychologists). This carries the result that Southern conservatives seem racist in general (and are less concerned with structural racism than they maybe ought to be) but are rarely racist in specific - to individuals, where they think it matters most. For this reason, they see themselves as being honest and decidedly not racist, which makes calling them a racist with broadly painted strokes all the more inflammatory.

Southern conservatives are also typically brutally meritocratic and thus utterly unconcerned with the ways in which identity-based structural disadvantages have played out to limit the initial opportunity space of certain groups of people. Most importantly, though, they really grudge making identity into any kind of issue at all, and have had quite enough of being painted as bigots, quite unfairly, as they see it. (It's worth noting that better conversations about race are relatively easy to have with Southern conservatives once you stop judging them and calling them names. Taking the time to hear them out and navigate these topics without charged terms makes a great deal of difference and often reveals much more nuance than progressives assume of them.)

Second, conservatives engage in social change, but they do so far more slowly than social progressives (by definition and thus obviously). If you doubt it, pause for a moment to consider that once this election cycle's Republican primary race whittled down to the real "front-runners," other than Trump, they were Ted Cruz (Latino), Marco Rubio (Latino), and Ben Carson (black). Think about that. Three out of four of the last candidates standing in the GOP primary race were minorities - and nobody cared. (And, according to my conservative friends, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (black woman) retains enough popularity to have been a "shoo-in" to beat Hillary Clinton.) Whatever roles race and gender play in the social politics of conservatives, it has changed dramatically since the beginning of the century.

Social conservatives have been put under tremendous pressure to accept an awful lot of progressive social upheaval very quickly. As social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has pointed out, the Civil Rights movement was merely 50 years ago; the Gay Rights movement began just 20 years ago and is reaching its successful conclusion now; and, in just the last 3 years, most Americans have gone from almost complete unawareness of transgendered individuals to their identity politics being one of the most contested cultural and political battlegrounds in the nation. That's fast. (For comparison, it took the US from its time as a collection of British colonies until 1863, almost 250 years, just to end slavery and another 90 years to initiate a real effort for civil rights, and it needed nearly 300 years to give women the vote and another 70 to embrace the notion of women's equal employment outside of the home.)

Progressives often insist that there is great moral force in the fact that marginalized and oppressed communities cannot psychologically bear the oppression, and they're right. Social progressives seem simultaneously completely unconcerned that conservatives may face similar psychological difficulty with accepting change more quickly than they are able. Because of the difference in civil liberties at hand, I don't mean to suggest that there is complete parity between these circumstances; there's not. Still, demanding that one group deal with more than they can bear at the behest of the rights of another is precisely what makes identity politics so divisive, and the blade cuts both ways.

Racial Unrest

For some of the racially laden reasons mentioned above (a dislike of collectivism, social engineering programs, and politically correct speech taboos) and for others (like concerns about jobs and the erosion of the American identity), conservatives who support Trump are unsurprisingly anxious about issues related to race. One of the Left's favorite and least helpful tactics is to sweep all of this unrest, and honest speech regarding it, tidy under the rug called "bigotry," and that merely foments more conservative racial anxiety. Surely you've noticed it growing. Well, the Washington Post just found that this racial unrest is, perhaps the biggest driver of support for Trump.

Conservative have concerns that millions of jobs – their jobs, like in manufacturing – are being sent overseas to foreigners. Trump says he'll stop that. They also wrongly believe that they're being "stolen" by immigrants. Trump says he'll build a wall to keep them out. It's not just about jobs, though. Trump says he's going to ban lots of immigrants, in fact, and as the Washington Post notes,

The biggest predictor of Trump support among Republican and Republican-leaning voters was a belief that "the growing number of newcomers from other countries threatens U.S. values." Republicans holding this belief felt 18 points more positively toward Trump, on a 100-point scale, than Republicans who didn't feel this way.
Belief that Islam encourages violence, and that it's "bad" for the country that blacks, Latinos and Asians will someday make up the majority of the population, accounted for eight-point jumps in positive feelings toward Trump.

What's unique about Trump in these proclamations is only that he's saying them when no other mainstream public figure will. He's tapping into an immense frustration felt by many conservatives about these issues, and a significant part of that frustration is in being unable to talk about them honestly and without being branded a racist.

Why? It's politically incorrect to do otherwise. Conservatives today are angry with politicians, and a considerable part of that anger comes from feeling lied to. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, among many other pols, are not speaking honestly about the role of Islamism in the world today, for example, and Trump calls them on it.

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"I like him because he speaks his mind" squares altogether too well with this racial unrest to ignore. "No more being political correct!"

The High Visibility of PC Campus Insanity


Many of my readers on Allthink are probably deeply steeped in the circumstances surrounding campus censorship, protests, and all the rest, but if you take the time to have these conversations out in the "real world," what you'll find is that most people are only dimly aware that any of it is going on at all. All they've heard is what's made news big enough to reach them, and that's only the most extreme stories, bereft of context. Even high-profile pieces, like Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff's in The Atlantic and Judith Shulevitz's in the New York Times, have largely missed the attention of the public-at-large. Generally on the left, these trends are being minimized (partly rightly) as the dramatics of young adulthood and gather little attention outside of the growing "cultural libertarian" subculture.

To the best that I can tell, though, right-wing media has been pretty consistent in publicizing the more egregious aspects of the campus censorship insanity, all under the brand name of liberal political correctness. I have been surprised to find out that very few of my left-leaning friends, for instance, have heard the term "snowflake" to describe these screeching college students, but nearly all of my conservative friends know it and use it with disparaging relish. The same can be said of the terms "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" (or "triggered") – they're seem to be terms effectively lost upon the center-left but every day's new joke-of-the-day on the right.

In other words, Trump's base is well-aware of the growing campus censorship problem (much of it, in fact, lives it on a daily basis, as it consists of beleaguered college students beset by rigid hyper-leftist orthodoxy on campuses). Not only are they aware of it; they detest it.

For one thing, because university administrations are acting as powerful third-party entities to curtail the individual liberties of students, it bears enough resemblance to Orwellian government overreach to alarm them. For another, they find it irksome that it's being carried out on behalf of identity groups that conservatives see already as the unfair beneficiaries of sociopolitical engineering. For a third, that its mechanism is a rising culture of victimhood is viewed as a disturbing celebration of weakness and a deplorable manipulation of a precious moral currency.

Trump needs to do little more than channel that frustration, and every visible incident of campus outrage and the political correctness it is based upon will solidify his base of support. (His whole campaign follows this pattern: just pour it on about hot-button conservative frustrations and paint himself as the savior, details to be announced later.)

It's no surprise that the Right of today hates the Left on principle, and it's also no surprise which side of the political arena is the source of all the campus outrage. Voices on the Right, with ever increasing credibility, been decrying the increasing intolerance, censoriousness, and academic bias on college campuses and calling campuses "liberal" indoctrination camps. (This descriptor more accurately applies to humanities departments, which are poisoning the campus climate with cultural Marxism, a distinctly illiberal brand of social leftism.) They see similar creeping tendencies in the "liberal media." As the campus censorship issue has intensified over the last two years, then, so too has conservative distrust and disgust at the whole enterprise. That they're fighting back and even considering a nuclear option – The Donald – to do it is, likewise, not much of a surprise.

But why Trump?

Why didn't Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, or some other would-be GOP darling, run away with conservative support? Again, backlash. A huge contingent of mainline conservatives don't just hate liberals, Democrats, social programs, identity politics, and, most of all, the nagging insinuations and oppressions of political correct speech codes. They hate damn near everybody right now, especially politicians. Within that everybody, they also hate the GOP (which they erroneously call "the Establishment"), and for good reasons.

Their own party, the GOP, has slowly disenfranchized mainstream blue-collar conservatives (and middle-class white-collar ones too) politically and economically to the benefit of corporate elites. Their wages have stagnated; their jobs have evaporated; they work longer hours for less pay; their debt has increased; their opportunity has been stolen; and in return for it all, they've been given the roughshod heel of a rapidly progressing culture that holds them in contempt. That pinch hurts; and that contempt reciprocates; and these people are rightfully mad as hell.

Blame them for voting themselves into their misfortunes all you want (really, don't – it just makes it worse), but since the early 1970s, the GOP elites have sung them the same misleading song: sail with us just a little farther to the right, and just a little farther now, and we'll get to the promised land. Well, they went to the right, little by little, and now they're lost, adrift on the far-right edge of the world. Worse, they've started to realize that there is no promised land over there, and the GOP elites and their big-money industry financiers have made off like bandits with the only lifeboats.

(Wherever the Overton Window currently lies, today's American Right is pretty far outside the Right of it. The Window has, admittedly, drifted Left, which may reflect actual moral progress in a sober analysis - like one that notes that feudalism, monarchy, and slavery are all somewhere right of the Window's current locale - but political correctness blocks much of the needed discussion on that point. Unwilling to move back within it and hating where it is now, conservatives see Trump bringing it back toward them and love him for it.)

Because the GOP has been cultivating average conservative votes while working against their interests (all the while carefully fomenting fear of outsiders and hatred of liberals, Democrats, and, to an alarming extent, minorities), Trump-supporting conservatives are stuck with a lot of hate and no good options. The Obama presidency, and the ways in which the GOP officially reacted to it, amplified this hate, and the de facto knowledge running back to at least 2012 (and maybe 2008) that Hillary Clinton would virtually certainly be the next Commander in Chief has only made it worse. They can't vote for Hillary (#NeverHillary, "Hillary's Worse") on sheer principle. (Bernie would have fared as badly against them, frankly, if he ran on the Democratic ticket, especially openly as a "democratic socialist.") They also couldn't support the GOP that betrayed them and then, just as Obama's presidency crept toward its end, presented only more of the same "cuckservative" candidates that lack the bravado to stamp out what they see as excesses ruining our society from the Left.

The political view from the Far Right Sea is a dismal one, then, largely bereft of hope and thoroughly haunted by carefully constructed specters and ghouls about immigrants, refugees, the Democrats, and especially Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (not to mention Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid). Knowing little more in truth about those people except that they are evil, the GOP of the last decade has kept conservatives rowing ever further right without any heed to the consequences. Just a little farther right now. We'll shut down the government; then Obama will fall. That's when we'll see the promised land, you'll see. What? You can't see it? It's not there (now)? Thanks, Obama. The result is that a considerable proportion of American conservatives, acting as a moral tribe, have in common nothing more powerfully than a well-groomed hatred of outsiders, whom they see as likely to destroy the fabric of America, and "liberal Democrats," whom they rarely can tell apart from "socialist-communist-Marxists" and "tyrants."

But how on Earth could they conclude that "liberal Democrats" are tyrants? Both words, "liberal" and "Democrat" mean the opposite of tyranny. Three main features of today's Left give the despotic vibe from the conservative perspective: business regulations, taxes (especially that they're used for redistribution of income, which is seen as a kind of theft; for social programs, which can be falsely equated to socialism; and for immigrants, whom they see as dangerous others and illegal takers), and, to come full-circle, the censorious demands of political correctness.

What is left to them? Donald J. Trump, who, for whatever you might want to say about him, has never once been afraid to speak his mind.

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Cathy YoungCathy YoungJun 7, 20161,140 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 Some very good points here, especially in the analysis of the right. But one point of disagreement: I think the racist/sexist labels may be much more effective in the general election. Yes, Trump's anti-PC base is only energized by these labels, but that's not true of the general population which is either only vaguely aware of the problem of "political correctness," or able to distinguish between the misuse of the charges of racism and sexism by the PC police and the genuine article. Note that conservatives are now calling out Trump's racism as well. Trump cannot win with just his base.
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NewsishNewsishJun 7, 20161,481 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,

@1320461 I'm really concerned Hillary will double down on the terrible Dept. of Ed. policies and general victim narrative. I'm also concerned by the violence of protestors at Trump rallies. I'm a liberal who's voted Democrat nearly across he board, but I've considered voting Trump. The only thing stopping me is that he is 100% incompetent. If he could just manage to reduce that to 75% incompetent, then I'd do it. Many others seem willing to ignore the incompetence. I think the anti-PC campaign will effect the general.

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@gilligan@gilliganJun 9, 20161,118 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320485 If you are looking for evidence of competence on the part of Donald Trump, you might consider the story of the Central Park ice skating rink in New York City. There are plenty of references to it around the internet. The bottom line is that the New York City political establishment spent a very long time and a lot of money and never got the thing in operation. Trump got it done quickly and economically so that people could enjoy the facility and he made money.

After the brutal primary, I find myself in the odd position of defending Donald Trump, a man who's personality I find, shall we say problematic. Nonetheless he does seem to be competent at the things that he chooses to pay attention to.

There is also the matter of Donald Trump's opponent in the general election. He will not be running against JFK or Harry Truman but America's answer to Eva Peron. When Hillary Clinton has been in positions of responsibility her competence has left a lot to be desired. For example as Secretary of State she presided over the replacement of the no longer dangerous dictator Muamar Ghadaffi in Libya with chaotic anarchy in which is a secure base both for terrorists and human smugglers launching dangerous boats full of third world migrants seeking to illegally enter Europe. There is also Secretary of State Clinton's role in the Syrian civil war which has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, unknown numbers maimed, the creation of ISIS and at least a million refugees in Europe leading to the rise of right wing political parties all over Europe and a possible end to the EU.

I am amazed that in a country of over 300 million people, one of these two is going to be sworn in as President in January but there it is.
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@prescient11@prescient11Jun 9, 2016837 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320485 I'd say look at his children. Look at skyscrapers everywhere with his name on it. You don't build or nurture such things without competence. And it involves getting along with many different people: politicians, trades, unions, workers. All running smoothly, under budget and ahead of schedule. Trump oozes competence and what he doesn't know he will delegate.
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@amaryllis@amaryllisJun 13, 2016277 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1330140 You should give him some lessons on competence then. I'm sure he would benefit immensely from the wisdom of R. Stanton Scott. It might even help him turn his disaster of a life around.

There are surely plenty of perfectly legitimate reasons to not support Donald Trump. Muddying the waters in a way that forces you to be openly, willfully stupid ("This billionaire real estate and business mogul with a picture perfect family IS SO INCOMPETENT") is again, one of those things that is only going to help him.
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James A. LindsayJames A. LindsayJun 7, 20161,126 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320461 That may be, but the excesses of PC are very visible and not appreciated by almost anyone outside of the PC Left. (I hope it's true, anyway, because people will keep calling him racist.)
As for the Republicans bringing it up, because they're aligned differently in the eyes of conservatives (who do not fully support Trump already), they have moral wiggle room to make a case that he's a racist without evoking as much backlash. Moral psychology paints the picture of the subtle but crucial difference here.
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Cathy YoungCathy YoungJun 7, 20161,401 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320507 I think those of us who follow the culture wars closely may overestimate the extent to which they impact the average person. For instance, I've talked to fairly well-educated middle-class people who were completely shocked to learn about the "cultural appropriation" controversy.

I also know independents who do follow these issues and are thoroughly fed up with PC, but also think Trump is either a repulsive bigot or a demagogue who appeals to repulsive bigotry. Many people do manage to hold two conflicting ideas in their heads at the same time.
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@markneil@markneilAug 26, 2016173 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
I think the ghostbusters fiasco opened a lot of politically uninterested peoples eyes to how easily the *ist label gets thrown around to silence disagreement and criticism. To how willing the ideological left to tar someone, everyone, with that label in order to push through their narrative. Prior to the ghostbusters things, I may have agreed with your general assessment, but now, I see too many people talking about Sony's "critics are sexist" campaign, in a negative light, to agree further.
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James A. LindsayJames A. LindsayAug 26, 2016130 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
I could (and may sometime) write at some length about the way that social movements of this kind eventually go too far and trigger a backfire. In fact, I have a rather diffuse nebula of thoughts on that matter. For example, I'm starting to think that to achieve the right amount of social change, a movement all but has to go too far because the result is that it makes what should be their real agenda seems positively normal and desirable. So, they push too far, society gets dragged along, everything gets burned down in a knee-jerk pushback culture war, and things asymptotically settle to the desired point as the ashes cool. If that assessment is correct, then it should shed light upon ways to approach things even more gently, making our revolutions nearer to fleece than even to velvet. It would also give us every reason to learn how to listen to activists at early points in a campaign and to ignore them when they turn to zealotry and to marginalize them as the bulk of their originally desired change becomes the new normal. (I even have thoughts about encouraging the "wrong" side of things on purpose to hasten the eventual pushback and settling, which I refer to, for myself, as "the Dark Arts." That's all for another time, though.)

If you are right about the Ghostbusters thing, then the movie would represent yet another turning point in the culture war, where pushback finally reaches public consciousness.
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@azt24@azt24Jun 9, 2016695 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320632 Excellent essay, James Lindsay. Though I think you concentrate too much on the Southern conservatives. Trump's support is much broader than that. Many people besides Southern conservatives believe that the system need a good kick in the head, and that Trump is the only figure big enough to be able to deliver it.
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@prescient11@prescient11Jun 9, 2016235 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320632 Per Cathy's point, watching Paul Ryan denounce Trump is even more likely to stoke the fury. Romney's tirade against him (you know, the guy who worked hard for Romney and endorsed Romney in '12) really did the trick. LOL. They are frigging clueless and have been for a year.
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@socratesslept@socratessleptJun 9, 2016193 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,

I don't understand the whole judge thing. Here is Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor explicitly saying what Trump is saying. Which of them is wrong and why?

New York Times: A Judge's View of Judging Is on the Record

Quote:

In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor, then an appeals court judge, gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge "may and will make a difference in our judging."

"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life," said Judge Sotomayor.

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@jimnc@jimncJun 8, 20161,108 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 1. Words wear out. Lenny Bruce once said JFK should go on TV and repeat the n-word until no one cared. 2. As for Southerners, I've lived in NYC and South. The biggest racists are in NYC. They just hide it better. 3. Don't neglect the personal factor. People see Trump and see he's a big talker, bs-er and blowhard, so they don't take too seriously the things he says. (We'll skip here the question of whether it's a good idea for Leader of Free World to be a bs-ing blowhard, and the related question of if that's any different from any other politico.)
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@steveg@stevegJun 8, 2016896 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,

@1318648 James - thank you for making an honest effort at appreciating the Trump phenomenon. I'm driven by the screwing of the middle class by both left and right in the last couple of decades. I have zero confidence in the progressive project's ability to improve the lives of middle class Americans. They are simply too interested in controlling every aspect of behavior.

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@brettbellmore@brettbellmoreJun 8, 2016906 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648

"But how on Earth could they conclude that "liberal Democrats" are tyrants? Both words, "liberal" and "Democrat" mean the opposite of tyranny. "

One thing the Right understands well: The map is not the territory. North Korea is a "democratic people's republic" The words mean nothing, the actions everything.

Who wants censorship of political speech today, is outraged that people could get together to create a documentary criticizing Hillary Clinton, and the Supreme Court wouldn't let the government ban advertising it? The Right or the Left?

Who is willing to destroy a baker who wouldn't bake a cake, a photographer who wouldn't take a picture? The Right or the Left?

Any conservative could go on in this vein all day. 'Liberals' are anti-liberty in all sorts of ways.

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@devinngeorge@devinngeorgeJul 9, 2016193 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
I think the cake baker arguments does the same thing the regressive left does when conservatives make this silly argument. Both ignore the social contracts of society ability to live within a free democracy, without fear of censorship and discrimination, both which are not used in extreme silly sense of crying racism or Christian descrimination because you're not allowed to discriminate cherry picking your bible. The religious right and the regressive left show much similarities
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grayscaleplaidgrayscaleplaidJun 9, 2016717 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 So God doesn't, but The Arc of History does?

This is an amazing piece of work, managing to mix an insightful diagnosis of the problem with the terrifically derp-tacular failure of self-awareness required to avoid the philosophical roots of the cause. You're right, of course: overuse of shaming and ostracization tactics, combined with the Internet, have resulted in two virulent right-wing memetic strains in the form of NRx and the Alt-Right. But that's where your correctness begins and ends.

See, nowhere in this infantilizing "conservatives in the mist" pop sociology essay do you ever unpack, question, or even observe the Whig notion of history. So as a result, your inevitable conclusion is accurately summarized as "don't be too hard on those poor hicks, they're just a bit slow compared to us bien-pensants."

"For comparison, it took the US from its time as a collection of British colonies until 1863, almost 250 years, just to end slavery[.]" Why is the stretch of time important? Why, indeed, did slavery "have" to end at all- it was an institution that had existed, in various forms, since the dawn of human history. What cosmic truth changed to suddenly ordain it's abolition? I could go on, but one more example will suffice: Singapore, a society better than ours by basically every quantifiable metric, holds sex between men as a criminal offense. On what rational basis can we claim that we WEIRDos are doinitrite, and they're doinitrong? Are they on "the wrong side of history," just because?

If you can't even recognize the peculiarity of that worldview- that society must forever "progress" onwards and upwards, damn the torpedoes- then you can't understand the fundamental philosophical divide at work here. Because from the other side of the aisle- or at least the seat that I'm sitting in- the entire concept of "progress" as some sort of divine mandate is a baldfaced lie, a Trojan horse employed by power-seekers. Have you ever noticed how, no matter how much "progress" happens, we never get anywhere? How the permanent revolution just keeps rolling, descending along it's holiness spiral to no quantifiable destination? And, weirdly enough, the revolutionaries keep madly accreting power in this process, despite the fact that, by their own account, nothing has *really* gotten better and every evil that was supposedly vanquished has survived in more powerful, more insidious forms? Does none of this ever strike you as a odd, maybe a bit self-serving on the revolutionaries' part?

Of course not, because you have have faith in "progress." If you didn't, you'd wonder why things have to change, not whether or not they are doing so fast enough for your liking. I mentioned to you once that many political philosophies were adaptively atheistic, no more grounded in reality than religion but opposing it to eliminate competition. All I have to add to that now is: "QED."
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@prescient11@prescient11Jun 9, 2016897 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 This is a BRILLIANT piece. However, I think you're missing two potential, vital legs of support to this stool. I can't tell you how many times I've seen the media interview people at the polls. These people are 2-time Obama voters. More personality driven, they are working class and middle class people. They have no association with the right or conservatives. They just know and feel something is wrong. And Trump doesn't drip eloquence. He just says stupid people are running things and I can fix it. That resonates.

The other leg of this stool can be found on the Bernie side in two fronts: 1) Bernie bros that are sick of the corporatist garbage represented by HRC; they want the system overthrown and want to watch it burn; and 2) working class/middle class folks who are sick of the lie of "free trade" and are very concerned about their jobs.

Finally, you see how deep the rot is in the cucks that represent the GOPe. For Trump to raise that Judge Curiel could be biased given his 1) really crappy rulings; 2) his Mexican heritage; AND 3) that he belongs to Mexican nationalist groups like La Raza (racist, ethnic cleansing brown supremacy group); and a bar association that has called on its MEMBERS to hurt Trump's businesses at every opportunity. And now Trump is a "racist" for saying hey, I might not be getting a fair shake here??? Remind us all, what "race" are "Mexicans". Jorge Ramos has blue eyes and only one such race has that. So is Trump racist against white people?? Look at Mexico's President, he's whiter than my grandmother.

WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. No mas. The people of this country know something is very wrong. America First. Imagine that. Putting the citizens of this country, a very diverse country, first and foremost. What a RADICAL policy. LOL. Get ready for Scott Adams prediction, landslide, knock on wood.
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@prescient11@prescient11Jun 9, 2016761 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 Sigh. I just wrote an incredibly long comment that didn't make it. Very good piece. I will say one mistake I think you make is that you focus too much on "the right" and "conservatives". Much of Trump's support will come from Obama voters and Bernie voters. Watch. He will win the highest minority support of any GOP candidate in memory.
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@shimafamily@shimafamilyJun 8, 2016982 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 "Now I've probably got the feminists all pissed off at me because I'm joking about rape. Feminists want to control your language. Feminists want to tell you how to talk. And they're not alone. Their not alone. I'm not picking on the feminists. They got a lot of company in this country. There's a lot of groups, a lot of institutions in this country want to control your language. Tell you what you can say and what you can't say." - George Carlin

It's especially telling that George Carlin said this back in the nineties and it is still relevant today. I don't know how many people make the conscious decision to support Trump because he speaks truth.

I think the reverse, the unconscious fear that this stifling air of political correctness will become a new normal is what drives people to vote for someone vehemently against it. The population need not be aware of the PC-lingo activists to have their lives affected by it. However, I would fear the day when these PC-lingo activists hold power and wish for everyone to speak the same as them. By then, it would be way too late.

EDIT: Not to mention that calling someone "racist" is a debate-ender. There is no room to debate here, in certain countries, being called one is enough to have you put in jail and your life ruined.

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NewsishNewsishJun 7, 2016216 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 Liberals are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Their base wants to hear them call Trump a racist, but doing so only energizes his base. Maybe Hillary and the media should just suck him into a boring debate about Social Security reform to disarm him of his anti-identity politics.
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@prescient11@prescient11Jun 9, 2016664 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320288 This criticism of "anti-identity" politics really misses the point. Trump is the ultimate identity politician. What is his slogan again? It is viral and it is everywhere. He's out identity politicked the left, he went for the largest audience. His identity is Americans (whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, Hindus, etc.) The democrats are too stupid to realize he has appropriated their best issues. Name one policy Trump proposes that would harm any American citizen? Good luck.
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@jasonw@jasonwJun 8, 2016937 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320328 Wow...... Do your self a favor. Read this article thoroughly, then go to the mirror and realize that "you" are responsible for the rise of Trump. Not only (and people like you) are you helping solidify his base but you are also helping to drive droves of moderate liberals to him as well. Good job.
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@gurugeorge@gurugeorgeJun 9, 2016542 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1320328 Calling someone a racist when they're a racist is a good thing. Calling someone a racist when they're NOT racist, by virtue of broadening the term "racism" to be so nebulous as to apply to anything said by anyone that doesn't fall in with the ideology of intersectionalism and identity politics, is what people are objecting to.
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@ncspartan@ncspartanJun 9, 2016429 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 Holy smoke, people. Can I just point out that this is the nut graf? No really, this is the nut graf. Read it carefully and roll it around in your brain for a minute or two. Not a lot of room for nuance here about the point of view. No mystery what he's about to try to prove and where he's coming from.
"People left, right, and center - but especially on the right - are justifiably sick and tired of being called bigots and having almost everything in social politics reduced to smear campaigns about bigotry. This overbearing assault is the well-intended and ill-conceived product of a fashionable strain of progressivism that has taken it as a holy mission to stamp out bigotry in all its forms in every corner of our society."
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@cshartsough@cshartsoughJun 9, 2016305 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 accurate assessment, for some fraction of the 13M who voted for Trump in the primaries (~10% of the general election total). For the other 90% (and some of the previous Trump supporters), calling Trump out for his racism and sexism is a necessary part of defining him over the next five months.

Then again, there's plenty to talk about in his poor business practices and overstated wealth and generosity, so pick your poison.
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@discogary@discogaryJun 9, 2016344 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 This is an awesome analysis that gets completely derailed in the last 5 paragraphs where it comes close to descending to the insults it warns the reader to avoid! Too bad, just couldn't help yourself could ya. I would add something about the Alinsky-ite PC rules which state that no victim group (blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, gays, trans, etc) can ever be portrayed as villains no matter what they do, and that no villain group (always white Christian conservatives) can ever be portrayed as sympathetic victims, even when they are getting beaten up in the streets by the victim groups. Its that second part which makes the PC culture particularly intolerable and toxic to a multi-ethnic civil society. Otherwise, well-done.
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@armydoc101@armydoc101Jun 9, 2016310 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 I think you have done a good analysis of this... I especially like how you actually realize how "illiberal" campus speech codes are and that the "snowflakes" and "pajama boys" may seem fine to half the country, but to the other half there is a very visceral negative reaction. That is exactly where the phrase "Free speech for me, but not for thee!" came from.
While I agree with commenters below that you really DO think conservatives are basically bigots, you appear to have a capacity to try to understand the view from the other side. This means you are able step past the simplistic (conservatives are evil) view liberals have of conservatives (and vice versa). If more people were like you we might be able to meet in the middle and actually get some things done. But we won't... and there is no way liberals will stop calling Trump a racist. It's not in their nature. Neither is meeting in the middle.
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@markneil@markneilAug 26, 2016161 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,

While I agree with much of what you say, I have to question what the difference between calling conservatives racists, and just asserting they HATE minorities? You start your essay demonstrating that they aren't racist. That the differences in view isn't based on hate, but simply on a different measure of where things stand. But then you proceed to describe the right in the very terms you just argued against using. This seems odd to me. for example:

"Because the GOP has ...(all the while carefully fomenting fear of outsiders and hatred of liberals, Democrats, and, to an alarming extent, minorities),"

This just comes off as more of the same thing you've already argued against. Moreover, when one examines how the left has cultivated opinion of the right, I think the exact same can be said of the democrats carefully fomenting fear of nationalists and hatred of Conservatives, Republicans, and, to an alarming extent, 1: Whites, 2: males, 3: Christians, 4:the wealthy. This fomenting of hatred against the right, plays a significant part in ensuring they don't pull left in opposition to the establishment right.

I've also got to question where the most built up hatred can be seen... in Trump supporters who stick to their own rallies, or taunt leftists on the internet? Or in the Leftist supporters (Bernie or Clinton), who go out and disrupt Trump rallies, charge his stage, get violent with Trump supporters AT Trump rallies, or worse... And this isn't limited to just the presidential race. We see this same thing in any discussion of race and/or gender. When men try to gather to speak on their own issues, the feminist left attacks. When people try to have a reasoned discussion on cultural appropriate and Halloween, they get attacked. ANYONE who disagrees, is HATED by the left. But you want to paint hatred as stemming from the right?

"The political view from the Far Right Sea is a dismal one, then, largely bereft of hope and thoroughly haunted by carefully constructed specters and ghouls about immigrants, refugees, the Democrats, and especially Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (not to mention Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid). Knowing little more in truth about those people except that they are evil,"

Given how the left is painting Trump... I find the juxtaposition of this assertion with the way the left paints the right to be very interesting. These labelling as evil tactics aren't as one sided as you're making it out to be.

Again, overall, I don't disagree with your sentiment. I just think you're painting the right with a whole lot more projection than you realise...and paint the left as far more altruistic, and simply misguided and well intentioned, rather than just as hateful.

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@capitalggeek@capitalggeekJun 11, 2016211 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 One aspect that you've missed is that Trump is the first presidential candidate since Reagan that is a NATIONALIST. It's been a long time since we've had someone that is more concerned with this country than the rest of the world.
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@californio@californioJun 9, 2016384 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 A mix of sense and nonsense. For all the musing about the Right misleading people, Silence about the abandonment of the American worker by the Left. If our "progressives" (progressing towards what they never seem to reach) believed in what it espoused - would be uplifting Mike Rowe - but they instead choose Angela Davis...everytime. Now they can worship Barack Obama, who is perfect - Harvard, vacationing at Martha's Vineyard, not "too" radical - the ultimate "safe" Black friend.
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@shamus@shamusJun 9, 2016393 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 I think your main point is well taken, but I think there are some big structural problems that are causing grief. Our system of government responds more readily to highly motivated groups than to the general populus. This implies that it will accept minor harm to a large group in exchange for larger benefits to a small group. The 1% and dedicated social advocates are able to prompt action on their agenda so long as the public at large isn't overly burdened. But at this time, large segments of the population are becoming distraught.

Polling shows that a large number of white respondents despair for their future. This is partly driven by loss of jobs to automation, globalization, and weak labor demand. There also appears to be a basing effect going on. Whites compare themselves to their parents and see themselves doing less well than their parents. Conversely, blacks and Latinos see themselves doing better than their parents. To the extent that divisive politics are at play, this is nearly certain to foster social pathology. It's not clear what policy responses are indicated by this situation, but whatever they are, it is clear that our current government is failing to enact them, and our politics are becoming increasingly toxic.
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@mikem@mikemJun 9, 2016628 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 You keep saying things like "whether he is a bigot or not". Admit it. You think he is a bigot. You really do. You are only telling people not to use the term because you think it will help someone you loathe. Guess what? That makes you a bigot, and a slanderer, and deceitful, and a whole host of other things that are really and truly bad things. Any argument against that? No, you don't. Philosopher my arse. You probably can't spell Plato without being spotted a Plat_.

My problem with the Left is that they are, not by nature but by habitual practice, liars. Liars through and through. In everything. Always, a small truth here or there only in the service of a bigger lie.

You write about "God", as you spell the term. What just what the hell went wrong with you? Why don't you tell us the answer to that question?

Wait. I know. I won't call you a liar, "even if you are a liar", because that will only make the other liars who are sick of being called liars defend you.

See how that works?
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@socratesslept@socratessleptJun 9, 2016186 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,

I don't understand the whole judge thing. Here is Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor explicitly saying what Trump is saying. Which of them is wrong and why?

<a href="

nytimes.com/2009/05/15/us/15judge.html

">

New York Times: A Judge's View of Judging Is on the Record

</a>

<blockquote>

Quote:

In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor, then an appeals court judge, gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge "may and will make a difference in our judging."

"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life," said Judge Sotomayor.

</blockquote>

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@jayb@jaybJun 8, 2016238 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 The
very fact that this exists on such a massive scale throughout the West is a good
indication that Trump is not the problem - but an appropriate reaction
to a culture so infected it can't be fixed with a simple reprimand.
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@brettbellmore@brettbellmoreJun 8, 2016521 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 "Wherever the Overton Window currently lies, today's American Right is pretty far Wherever the Overton window currently lies, today's American Right is pretty far outside the Right of it. "

Not a bad essay, but with that one statement, you proved yourself to be part of the problem. America's Right is *too big* to be outside the Overton window. Maybe they're outside where you'd like it to be, but you can't just declare widely expressed opinions to be beyond the pale; That's exactly PC!

Also, no mention of the riots outside Trump rallies, blocked roads, assaults against his supporters? Every burnt police car is probably worth 10,000 votes.
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@nmwenn@nmwennJun 9, 2016464 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648
I got through the whole screed, which is new. The author has a pretty good handle on the problem....but misses the point that the left has been betrayed by the same machinery.... and as a Trump supporter, I look at Bernie and think... he's an honest man.

Hillary is no better than Bush, Cheney, McCain and the rest. But the left is stuck with her.

Not a peep from the author on that.

As to liberal boogie men... why hasn't the author addressed the forced marriage of gays, liberated women and Islamic immigrants???

The left has as much reason to fear this contingent as any conservative. But liberals aren't looking at the Rape Capital of Europe... or how the union is erupting over this mass migration of unlike peoples.

The liberal press has kept a lid on just exactly what Muslims bring - and it isn't gifts.

And as to those stolen lifeboats.... again.. there is a log in your eye. Hillary, Bill and Barry, the Wall Street lawn jockey. They are as demonic as anything thought up in the Wyoming think tanks of the right.

Black Americans should have dragged that poseur out of that big white house and strung him up by now... but for identity politics. The silence of the black sheep is deafening. Barry was plucked, groomed and outfitted with a red coat and lantern... sent down on the White House lawn to welcome all those black SUV's.

Actually, I saw all this in Jesse Jackson's face at the inaugural. Readers should find those clips... they were much like Kardashian's face at the O.J verdict.

Worth a million words. Take the log out of your eye. Trump is the beginning of a New Deal. Trump or Bernie... both good men... on the right side of history.

I don't have to agree with the details... they are honest brokers for their respective beliefs.
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@emmamorrow@emmamorrowJun 9, 2016222 views
Liberals, Want Trump to Win? Keep Calling Him Racist Liberals and Leftists, if you don't want Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States, stop calling him a racist. Furthermore, stop calling him a sexist and a misogynist,
@1318648 MONEY QUOTE: "As a result, words like racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobe, and the rest, have become conservative dog-whistles that mean "honest and brave," and "willing to speak his mind (without fear).""
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