Trump won because Leftist Political Correctness Inspired a Terrifying Backlash-

Trump won because Leftist Political Correctness Inspired a Terrifying Backlash-

Trump won because Leftist Political Correctness Inspired a Terrifying Backlash-
What every liberal who didn’t see this coming needs to understand

By Robby Soave- Via Reason.com-

Many will say Trump won because he successfully capitalized on blue collar workers’ anxieties about immigration and globalization. Others will say he won because America rejected a deeply unpopular alternative. Still others will say the country is simply racist to its core.

But there’s another major piece of the puzzle, and it would be a profound mistake to overlook it. Overlooking it was largely the problem, in the first place.

Trump won because of a cultural issue that flies under the radar and remains stubbornly difficult to define, but is nevertheless hugely important to a great number of Americans: political correctness.

More specifically, Trump won because he convinced a great number of Americans that he would destroy political correctness.

I have tried to call attention to this issue for years. I have warned that political correctness actually is a problem on college campuses, where the far-left has gained institutional power and used it to punish people for saying or thinking the wrong thing. And ever since Donald Trump became a serious threat to win the GOP presidential primaries, I have warned that a lot of people, both on campus and off it, were furious about political-correctness-run-amok—so furious that they would give power to any man who stood in opposition to it.

I have watched this play out on campus after campus. I have watched dissident student groups invite Milo Yiannopoulos to speak—not because they particularly agree with his views, but because he denounces censorship and undermines political correctness. I have watched students cheer his theatrics, his insulting behavior, and his narcissism solely because the enforcers of campus goodthink are outraged by it. It’s not about his ideas, or policies. It’s not even about him. It’s about vengeance for social oppression.

Trump has done to America what Yiannopoulos did to campus. This is a view Yiannopoulos shares. When I spoke with him about Trump’s success months ago, he told me, “Nobody votes for Trump or likes Trump on the basis of policy positions. That’s a misunderstanding of what the Trump phenomenon is.”

He described Trump as “an icon of irreverent resistance to political correctness.” Correctly, I might add.

What is political correctness? It’s notoriously hard to define. I recently appeared on a panel with CNN’s Sally Kohn, who described political correctness as being polite and having good manners. That’s fine—it can mean different things to different people. I like manners. I like being polite. That’s not what I’m talking about.

The segment of the electorate who flocked to Trump because he positioned himself as “an icon of irreverent resistance to political correctness” think it means this: smug, entitled, elitist, privileged leftists jumping down the throats of ordinary folks who aren’t up-to-date on the latest requirements of progressive society.

Example: A lot of people think there are only two genders—boy and girl. Maybe they’re wrong. Maybe they should change that view. Maybe it’s insensitive to the trans community. Maybe it even flies in the face of modern social psychology. But people think it. Political correctness is the social force that holds them in contempt for that, or punishes them outright.

If you’re a leftist reading this, you probably think that’s stupid. You probably can’t understand why someone would get so bent out of shape about being told their words are hurtful. You probably think it’s not a big deal and these people need to get over themselves. Who’s the delicate snowflake now, huh? you’re probably thinking. I’m telling you: your failure to acknowledge this miscalculation and adjust your approach has delivered the country to Trump.

There’s a related problem: the boy-who-cried-wolf situation. I was happy to see a few liberals, like Bill Maher, owning up to it. Maher admitted during a recent show that he was wrong to treat George Bush, Mitt Romney, and John McCain like they were apocalyptic threats to the nation: it robbed him of the ability to treat Trump more seriously. The left said McCain was a racist supported by racists, it said Romney was a racist supported by racists, but when an actually racist Republican came along—and racists cheered him—it had lost its ability to credibly make that accusation.

This is akin to the political-correctness-run-amok problem: both are examples of the left’s horrible over-reach during the Obama years. The leftist drive to enforce a progressive social vision was relentless, and it happened too fast. I don’t say this because I’m opposed to that vision—like most members of the under-30 crowd, I have no problem with gender neutral pronouns—I say this because it inspired a backlash that gave us Trump.

My liberal critics rolled their eyes when I complained about political correctness. I hope they see things a little more clearly now. The left sorted everyone into identity groups and then told the people in the poorly-educated-white-male identity group that that’s the only bad one. It mocked the members of this group mercilessly. It punished them for not being woke enough. It called them racists. It said their video games were sexist. It deployed Lena Dunham to tell them how horrible they were. Lena Dunham!

I warned that political-correctness-run-amok and liberal overreach would lead to a counter-revolution if unchecked. That counter-revolution just happened.

There is a cost to depriving people of the freedom (in both the legal and social senses) to speak their mind. The presidency just went to the guy whose main qualification, according to his supporters, is that he isn’t afraid to speak his.

Reason

Comments

  1. Char in ND says:

    Well I think conservatives gave him the win. Without us I don’t think it would have happened. Now we get Reince the Weasel Priebus as Chief of Staff and Steve Bannon as Senior Counselor? Insiders? The only way we the people have a chance is by keeping RINO insiders out of the administration and he has already chosen two. 😦

    • I know, right? During Trump’s victory speech when he brought Priebus up on stage, I started to get nervous. However, I was so happy that I tried to overlook it. At least he replaced Christie with Pence for the transition team leader. I have despised Bannon ever since he threw Cruz under the bus to help get Trump elected. Well, at least it’s not Hillary. Things could be worse! We have known since day one Trump was a New York liberal who funded the establishment of both Parties. We will just have to hope Pence and Sessions can be positive influences. The dream of him possibly putting Sen. Mike Lee or any originalist on the Supreme Court helps me sleep better at night. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. 🙂

      • Bannon should not be allowed to carry the Breitbart banner. It’s not as if he is a conservative, he’s an alt-right nationalist populist. Makes me ill. Yeah things could certainly be worse. But the first chosen in the cabinet will have a big influence. That Priebus is the Chief of Staff – that’s the gateway. Sets the tone.

      • I agree with you. It upsets me too.

      • And he has goofy hair! Even sillier than Trump’s hair. 😉

  2. Thanks for your article, and to your point – it is the pc crap that got Trump elected. Just a nail. For the past 4 days I have gotten a call on my cellphone, not a number I recognized so I didn’t answer. Tonight I did, I thought what the hell – you never leave a message so I will correct you. Number is 312.578.7017. It was the CDC.

    Her: I am calling from the CDC, regarding childhood immunizations. We are calling cellphone users in your area. This call may be recorded. Do you feel safe at this time to talk to me?

    Me: Yes I am safe. I live alone, I don’t have any children. I am single, never had any children living here in my home.

    Her: So you feel safe to talk to me? How many children in your home?

    Me: None. I live alone with my dog.

    Her: So how many children live in your home under the age of 18 years of age?

    Me: None, as I said before.

    Her: So no children live with you, and you don’t take care of any children?

    Me: Hang up.

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