The article Bombs + Dollars editor Mitchell Blatt wrote about how Donald Trump has been bad for the movement against political correctness has been quoted by a number of outlets.
As I wrote in part,
An interesting thing happens when you ask people if they think political correctness is a problem. When asked to agree or disagree, 68 percent of Americans agree PC is a big problem, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson poll. But when that statement is attributed to Trump, the percent who agree drops to 53 percent. That poll was taken before Trump’s unfavorability rating hit a historic high of 70 percent in June. Trump’s unfavorable ratings currently, er, trump Hillary Clinton’s.
The problem is, Trump isn’t actually opposing political correctness. When he took umbrage at Kelly’s question, for example, he was defending himself calling particular women a “fat pig” and an “animal.” He wasn’t speaking a controversial truth, just being uncivil.
Since then many other writers who have decided to comment on how “political correctness” interfaces with this race have cited my essay. Among them were Whet Moser of Chicago Mag, who had this to say:
What had been an attempt at maintaining a high, dignified culture—one with problems and blind spots, perhaps, but aimed at cultural uplift—has become code for the most coarse permissiveness, exemplified by the current GOP candidate for president. When Trump didn’t not call Fox host Megyn Kelly a “bimbo,” he played it off with a crack about political correctness; he did the same when Kelly asked him about prior comments calling women “dogs” and “fat pigs”; he did the same when Republicans recoiled at his pointless, self-defeating attack on a federal judge. It’s gotten to the point where even some conservatives, like Walter Hudson at PJ Media, David French at National Review, Mitchell Blatt at The Federalist, and CNN’s S.E. Cupp have wearied at the candidate using the term as a get-out-of-jail-free card for the fallout from his tantrums. But it’s a bit late for that; it’s been absorbed and amplified by Trump.
There’s a historical irony to this. For decades the Left was considered to be the permissive, decadent, cultural-relativist ideology by the defenders of propriety.
Citing other examples, Mitchell Blatt of the Federalist has said, “He calls his opponents ‘losers’ and mocks the appearance of their wives and then pleads that he is just being anti-PC. That’s not being anti-PC, it’s just being a contemptible jerk.” It is pretty easy to see the difference between true political correctness and the distasteful, unapologetic muck issued often by Trump.
It got shared on both the anti-Trump Reddit and the pro-Gamergate Reddit. Thanks to all who share and comment. What do you think?