Trump scares some (not me)

I was just checking out the article in Rolling Stone called Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny:

His signature moment in a campaign full of them was his exchange in the first debate with Fox’s Kelly. She asked him how anyone with a history of calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” could win a general election against a female candidate like Hillary Clinton.

“I’ve been challenged by so many people,” Trump answered. “I frankly don’t have time for political correctness. And to be honest with you, the country doesn’t have time either….We don’t win anymore. We lose to China. We lose to Mexico….We lose to everybody.”

On the surface, Kelly was just doing her job as a journalist, throwing Trump’s most outrageous comments back at him and demanding an explanation.

But on another level, she was trying to bring Trump to heel. The extraction of the humiliating public apology is one of the media’s most powerful weapons. Someone becomes famous, we dig up dirt on the person, we rub it in his or her nose, and then we demand that the person get down on bended knee and beg forgiveness.

Oh noes! Someone told the press to “bugger off”!

People are tired of rules and tired of having to pay lip service to decorum. They want to stop having to watch what they say and think and just get “crazy,” as Thomas Friedman would put it.

Trump’s campaign is giving people permission to do just that. It’s hard to say this word in conjunction with such a sexually unappealing person, but his message is a powerful aphrodisiac. Fuck everything, fuck everyone. Fuck immigrants and fuck their filthy lice-ridden kids. And fuck you if you don’t like me saying so.

Perhaps it isn’t quite as extreme as that. I see it more this way: too many on the PC crowd have set scripts written up for everyone else with set penalties for those who deviate from those scripts.

No, I don’t think it is a good idea to call other people “fat and ugly” in public and I am not going to do that. But while this is a boorish thing to do, its harm is only so large. That he did that really doesn’t concern me; at a political debate I want him to tell me about his plans and how he expects to reach his goals (and yes, he scares Republicans because he doesn’t want to dismantle Social Security and Medicare and he is interested in fixing our horrible infrastructure.

The Rolling Stone article goes on to talk about the xenophobia and Trump making incorrect claims. Yes and yes, but that is really no different than the other Republicans.

Hillary Clinton had other thing to say along those lines.

And yes, she remains the front runner.

But back to Trump and tone: we may have gone too far. Relatively recently, a scientist helped land a probe on a comment, but was “attacked” by shrill social justice warriors for his comic book like shirt (which was given to him by a female friend). Perhaps such trolls need to hear “STFU, I don’t care what you think” more often.

Of course, most politicians are more subtle than that; here I think that Hillary Clinton gets it right:

(especially 1 minute into it)


August 23, 2015 - Posted by | hillary clinton, social/political | , ,

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