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Saturday, May 28, 2016

PC Run Amok

I've seen a lot of concern trolling about how we're not supposed to call Trump's supporters idiots.  As a political matter, this is a good (though utterly uncontroversial) point—I don't want Clinton to go around saying that Trump only gets support because there are a lot of bigots and stupid people in this country.

But the remarkable thing about Trump is how transparently manipulative he is, how unprepared and unequipped for office he remains, and how shallow his pretense of caring about anything other than himself.  In the last week he's gratuitously attacked multiple Republican leaders in good standing with the party, in a fit of pique.  This is unacceptably childish from almost any perspective (these aren't ideological attacks, which might be understood as an intra-party struggle about policy—they are the venting of petty personal grievances).

And these things are abundantly obvious to anyone who pays even a modicum of attention to the race.  It is impolite and counterproductive to say so in public, but that doesn't make it any less true.  So let me suggest that the notion that Trump's followers aren't almost entirely idiots and bigots is really just an example of that national scourge, political correctness.


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