Date: September 18, 2015

A Chart of What is and isn’t Classy, According to Trump Supporters

I included this chart in my longer article about the non-principles of Trump supporters, but I thought I should include it here so it is easily accessible without having to read (or scroll through) the long article:

Classless Classy
Obama selling a campaign promo that uses Obama’s logo in the American flag. Trump tweeting an image of the American flag with his face in it and Nazi soldiers.
Obama issuing an image that says, “Vote like your lady parts depend on it.” Trump stating that Megyn Kelly was “bleeding from her eyes … bleeding from whereever.”
Obama selling a tee shirt that says, “Healthcare reform is still a BFD” [big fucking deal]. Anything Trump says.
Obama “disses” Vegas. Trump says, “Atlantic City is a disaster.”
Vegas tourist industry gets subsidies, benefits from government. Trump brags about how he contributes to politicians to get “something from them,” supports the government using eminent domain for his own private economic development, got a widow’s house bulldozed to build his own parking garage, and tried to get the government to prevent others from opening competing casinos.
Obama’s spokesman tells Fox News reporter not to take it personally when Obama attacks Fox News. Trump attacks Fox News, retweets their reporter being called a “bimbo,” calls conservative columnists “a dummy” and someone “who can’t buy a pair of pants”, among other things.
Politico writes an article about a major Romney donor. Breitbart writes an article about a small-scale Obama donor.
Obama builds a cult-like following with catchy slogans and little substance. Trump builds a cult-like following with catchy slogans and little substance.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read my article anyway: The Contradictions of a Trump Supporter

The Contradictions of a Trump Supporter

The appeal of Donald Trump to Republicans remains baffling.

He’s leading in the early primary polls in a party that opposes socialized healthcare, despite praising socialized healthcare in the first debate. He’s a classless bully winning supporters who once called Obama a classless bully. He’s a billionaire who brags about using his ties to politicians to enrich himself who is hailed as a populist man of the people.

In order to try to understand why Trump supporters support Trump, I look to Trump’s PR outlet, Breitbart. It’s a website that, when a Buzzfeed journalist wrote an article that portrayed Trump honestly (and thus somewhat negatively), wrote a long article reciting Trump’s one-sided attack on the reporter, McKay Coppins.

The article by famous Breitbart writer Matthew Boyle attacks Coppins for allegedly doing things that Trump’s supporters cheer Trump for doing. Case in point:

Trump himself said Coppins is a “scumbag,” recalling that at his Florida resort, Coppins said he wished his wife looked like two beautiful women who had just walked by.

We know it is terrible to compliment women on their looks, since Trump is so politically correct.

But Trump himself complimented his own daughter on her looks in a creepy way:

“Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father …”

Rolling Stone interview

Of course he also attacked his opponent Carly Fiorina for her looks:

“Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”

So we know that Trump and his supporters have no problem with men either complimenting or demeaning women for their looks. In the first debate, Trump famously defended his claims that various women were “fat” or “pigs,” calling it politically correct to keep one’s attacks on women focused on substantial reasons–and then he went on to attack moderator Megyn Kelly for having “blood coming out of her whatever.”

Breitbart’s John Nolte, who ranks Trump among his top five favorite candidates and has written positive things about Trump, thought it was “classless” when the Obama campaign released an Tumblr image extolling women to “Vote like your lady parts depend on it.”

So what did Nolte think when Trump referred to Kelly’s lady parts in a much more vulgar way?

Nolte has been supporting Trump and forwarding his attacks on Kelly since the debate:

If anything, debate co-moderator Megyn Kelly is taking on the most damaging post-debate water.

By fearlessly and relentlessly going after a very powerful journalist who works at a very powerful network who he believes treated him unfairly, Trump is sending a painfully obvious message to the rest of the mainstream media: If you don’t treat me fairly you will pay a price.

An article of summaries of 7 Trump tweets

So we know from this that Nolte has no problem with a politician viciously attacking reporters–particularly female reporters and Fox News. So what did he write when President Obama attacked Fox News?

He doesn’t see the opposition as loyal, but as bad players — his enemy. This is especially true of Fox News, which Obama ripped as anti-poor bigots during a Wednesday afternoon summit on poverty.

We’re used to this Obama, the forever-partisan who has never seen himself as president of all the people but only of those who worship him.

Yes, because who would support a demagogue whose followers worship him? Can anyone think of any presidential candidate like that???

Well, Obama is a narcissist with “creepy, narcissistic cult of personality merchandise” on his campaign site, per Nolte. In fact, Nolte even “violate[s] [the] U.S. flag code.”

If this were Mitt Romney putting his “R” logo in place of our stripes, the media would be in Armageddon mode right now over how egotistical the move is and how incompetent any campaign must be to sell something that so clearly violates the flag code of the United States.

I can only try to imagine the media hyperventilating over a campaign promo in the form of a flag. Why? Because it would probably never happen. Nolte and some other conservatives seemed to be the only ones outraged when a particular candidate did that. In a kind of reverse phenomenon, Scott Walker introduced the flag into his logo, and clearly and rightly didn’t get any flack for that. (He did get some flack from a company that thinks he copied their logo.)

The “imagine if a Republican did this” argument is a lazy one used too often by conservatives, because it lets the writer get off the hook from actually analyzing the issue at hand and instead analyzing imagined media bias that didn’t happen. One could look at an actual example that did happen and see if there was proportionate outrage.

For example, if a Republican candidate like Donald Trump put his own face into a portrayal of the American flag (along with Nazi troops), would John Nolte be just as outraged as he was by Obama?

Well, Nolte didn’t appear to write an article either way about that, which does indicate he wasn’t outraged enough when Trump did it to write an article but was outraged when Obama used the flag for his own promotion.

What does Nolte think about vicious, demeaning and mean-spirited comments meant to humiliate their targets? Well, he attacked Obama in 2012 for releasing “a vicious, demeaning, and mean-spirited ad meant to humiliate its target.”

Would calling people “losers,” “scumbags,” “pigs,” people who are bleeding from “wherever,” “loser and a village idiot” (about a farmer in Scotland standing in the way of Trump’s golf course development), a “dummy,” or “a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants” be considered “vicious, demeaning and mean-spirited” comments “meant to humiliate their targets”?

I have created this table to help summarize what is classy and what isn’t:

Classless Classy
Obama selling a campaign promo that uses Obama’s logo in the American flag. Trump tweeting an image of the American flag with his face in it and Nazi soldiers.
Obama issuing an image that says, “Vote like your lady parts depend on it.” Trump stating that Megyn Kelly was “bleeding from her eyes … bleeding from whereever.”
Obama selling a tee shirt that says, “Healthcare reform is still a BFD” [big fucking deal]. Anything Trump says.
Obama “disses” Vegas. Trump says, “Atlantic City is a disaster.”
Vegas tourist industry gets subsidies, benefits from government. Trump brags about how he contributes to politicians to get “something from them,” supports the government using eminent domain for his own private economic development, got a widow’s house bulldozed to build his own parking garage, and tried to get the government to prevent others from opening competing casinos.
Obama’s spokesman tells Fox News reporter not to take it personally when Obama attacks Fox News. Trump attacks Fox News, retweets their reporter being called a “bimbo,” calls conservative columnists “a dummy” and someone “who can’t buy a pair of pants”, among other things.
Politico writes an article about a major Romney donor. Breitbart writes an article about a small-scale Obama donor.
Obama builds a cult-like following with catchy slogans and little substance. Trump builds a cult-like following with catchy slogans and little substance.

Being that Trump shares (and to a worse degree) many of the problems Trump’s supporters have with Obama, I wonder why they support Trump? What is it about Trump that makes him different from Obama?

The “Clock Bomb” Student and the Racialization of Issues

A student who brought a homemade clock to school was arrested on suspicions that his clock could be a bomb. Many have said the school and police overreacted, and for a long time conservative commentators have been pointing to examples of schools overreacting to toy guns at school, but in this particular case they weren’t so outraged. Some conservative bloggers defended the school.

Let’s look at the blog Young Conservatives, for example. In the past the blog has posted items criticizing schools for excessive policing of students like these:
Fail: A student is facing a possible year-long suspension from school for playing with toy guns…at his house
See this 7-Year-Old? You won’t BELIEVE why he was suspended from school last week [for having a toy gun]
11-Year-Old Student Suspended for Bringing NERF Bullet and Toothpick to School
“A five-year-old girl from Alabama was forced to sign a suicide and homicide contract after pretending her crayon was a gun. Feel free to face palm.”

That last one was written by Michael Cantrell, so you would think he would have the same kind of outrage to express about the clockmaker’s arrest?

Well, no… He’s defended the school and police and attacking the critics of the school in his article “This Meme Shows What the Media Won’t tell you About the Digital Clock That Caused a Muslim Student to get Arrested.”

What I didn’t mention is that the student was a non-white Muslim, because that shouldn’t be relevant to whether or not it was wrong for him to be arrested. However it has been a leading fact in stories on either side of the debate.

Cantrell also tried to link the story to politics:

As you might imagine, progressive race hustlers immediately started salivating over the incident, chomping at the bit to start tossing out the “racist” label as quickly as possible, politicizing the incident to boost support for the Democratic Party and their push to appear like “tolerant” social justice warrior do-gooders out to save the world.

It’s a story about a local school district and local police… What the hell does it have to do with the Democratic Party?

In reality, they just want to expand the voter base…

What, at all, does this have to do with driving voter behavior? Was the outrage at the student who had a Pop Tart “in the shape of a gun” just meant to “expand the voter base”?

And if this blogger is so outraged at people being suspended for having toy guns and Pop Tarts, then why isn’t he outraged at people being suspended for having clocks? He could use this very story to “expand the voter base” for his side. Instead, too many conservatives are viewing it as a story of a Muslim being arrested rather than a story of a student being arrested due to brain-dead “politically correct” policies against supposed threats.

True, this story has also gotten a lot of attention from liberal blogs because of the boy’s race and religion–for the opposite reason; those bloggers are focusing on their suspicions that he was wrongly arrested due to anti-Muslim stereotypes rather than being wrongly arrested due to “zero tolerance”-type policies. Conservatives always like to attack liberals for claiming minorities are mistreated, but sometimes they are, but even if this case wasn’t about his religion, those who are opposed to zero tolerance should be outraged about it.

Of course I wasn’t at the school and don’t know if the student said or did anything suspicious. I–like the many other bloggers who jumped on this local story–can only rely on the reporting of others. But it seems from this Washington Post article that no one was really suspicious of the clock being a bomb.

The English teacher who said “it looks like a bomb” took it and “kept the clock, and during sixth period, Mohamed was pulled out of class by the principal and a police officer.”

If this teacher really thought it might be a bomb, why would she keep it for some amount of time?

Later the article claims that one of the police who was questioning him said, “It looks like a movie bomb to me.”

The reference to “movie bomb” seems to suggest a fake bomb, a prop.

“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car,” [Officer] McLellan said.

Sure, but look at the context. It wasn’t left under a car. It was in his backpack and then on the teacher’s desk.

The police claim the boy was evasive:

Irving chief Boyd said he did “not have answers to your specific question” about the allegation.

But is being evasive grounds for arrest? If they knew it wasn’t a bomb, what was the arrest for?

It seems like the whole thing was a crazy overreaction. Schools make students abide by a long “code of conduct” with unnecessary rules and prohibitions. People get uptight about so many things that cause no problems. They were apparently scared that the student might have been trying to cause a disturbance, but the teachers and police were the only ones who contrived a disturbance. And police arresting someone for these questionable reasons perhaps is a symbolic of why America has so many people incarcerated.

Now there might be some truth to the arguments noted by Allahpundit at HotAir.com that liberals really exploded in disproportionate fashion over this particular story. In fact, that President Obama tweeted about it and that CAIR started a “hold up actual clocks” (as opposed to the refashioned-digital-clock-parts-inside-a-pencil-case style favored by the student) Twitter campaign shows that it might also be an example of Twitter outrage culture gone crazy.

So be it. But the headlines–on both sides–should put the actions first and put the identity of the subject in the text of the story.

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