By “it’s”, I mean Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and by “our”, I mean liberals. You hear that, libs? You are responsible for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and the fact that it’s soaring like a rocket to the moon. This is the case that somewhere-in-between moderate and conservative Republican S.E. Cupp attempts to make at Town Hall. You’re probably asking yourself (if you’re a liberal), “wait, I’ve been laughing hysterically at the crazy stuff Trump has said over the last few weeks and the fact that he’s popular among Republicans just shows how crazy they are. What do I have to do with his recent success?” Good question. Well, liberal voter, if you weren’t such a fierce advocate of political correctness, Republicans wouldn’t be so mad at you for shoving your P.C. culture down their throats, and therefore wouldn’t be in favor a Trump campaign.
Does it sound like S.E. Cupp is trying to exculpate Republican voters for Trump’s recent success? And more importantly, is she serious? Here is her case:
“I have a different explanation for ascendant Trumpism. It isn’t the result of conservatism but of liberalism. Thanks to unrelenting demands by the left for increasingly preposterous levels of political correctness over the past decade, people are simply fed up. Trump survives — nay, thrives! — because he is seen as the antidote, bravely and unimpeachably standing athwart political correctness.”
I’m confused, is Erick Erickson a liberal now? Are Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham liberals now too? They have all had problems with Trump’s rhetoric on a myriad of issues, and last I checked it wasn’t because they were concerned about an encroaching P.C. culture. It was because the recent stuff that Trump has said was really, really, dumb. Also, this paragraph implies that Republicans were somehow okay with liberals’ P.C. attitudes before 2015. I remember the Republican presidential candidates of 2012, they weren’t exactly supportive of political correctness. In fact, several candidates made quite a few statements that would not be considered P.C. Let’s move further along.
“The new era of liberal political correctness — in which colleges designate “free speech zones,” words like “American” and “mother” are considered discriminatory, and children are suspended from school for firing make-believe weapons — has reached critical mass. If not for the loony sensitivities foisted upon us by the left, someone like Trump would be immediately dismissed as unprofessional and unserious, an incoherent blurter. Instead, he’s the equally extreme response to extreme correctness — if everything is offensive in Liberalville, then nothing will be offensive in Trumpland.”
It is news to me that “American” and “mother” are considered discriminatory. Also, is the implication here that Jeb Bush and Scott Walker also believe that these banal words are discriminatory? Cupp not only doesn’t have evidence that non-Trump Republican presidential candidates support P.C. culture; she doesn’t even have evidence that most liberals support this incredibly strict (and ridiculous) P.C. culture. Cupp of course has a history of taking something one liberal said and applying it to what all liberals believe with no evidence whatsoever (see: her last book, which takes selective quotes from random liberals and uses them to justify the notion that the left is waging war on religion), so this is no surprise.
Also, I seem to seem to have noticed a few “loony sensitives” being “foisted upon us” by the Right. For instance, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his claim that because individuals have lost their jobs or have been fined for expressing views that advocate for discrimination against LGBT people, there is a “liberal intolerance” against “anyone that dares follow the biblical teaching of marriage”. Cruz was referring to recent cases where States ruled that private businesses who had religious oppositions to same-sex marriage did not have the right to deny gay people the sale of a product that could be used in a same-sex wedding ceremony.
Back in March, Cupp defended Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA (the law that would have made it legal for private businesses in Indiana to deny a gay couple service if the business did not want their product to be used in a same-sex marriage ceremony), by questioning if “…the idea that more anti-discrimination laws — whether to protect religious freedom or homosexuals — are actually the solution to end discrimination.” Cupp doesn’t pull a Rand Paul and question the validity of all components of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but states that “…culture and the markets are far better motivators” to end discrimination. This should beg the question then; if markets can solve racism, why does Cupp support the Civil Rights Act? More importantly, are the Civil Rights Act and the backlash to Indiana’s RFRA also responsible for Trump’s recent rise in the polls?
Getting back to Cupp’s most recent contention that liberals are the reason for Trump’s (temporary) political success, Cupp attempts to point out liberals’ hypocrisy by equating the gaffes of Vice President Joe Biden with Trump’s rhetoric about women and Mexican immigrants. Of course, Cupp neglected to provide evidence that Biden has called women “fat pigs” and accused an entire group of immigrants to be rapists and drug dealers, but I assume she’ll get back to us on that.
There is also one inherent flaw in this entire column. Why wouldn’t liberals want Donald Trump as the Republican frontrunner? This entire column seems to be predicated on the fact that liberals would somehow be unhappy with the result of Trump becoming the Republican nominee. But of course, this is not even close to a fact. As a Democrat, I find it nothing short of hilarious that an elite billionaire from New York City is drawing millions of supporters from Republicans in the South and Midwest who want a god-fearing conservative as their nominee. Did Cupp even bother to think of this before writing this column?
I mean, think of it in the reverse. Wouldn’t Republicans and conservatives love it if say, Michael Moore was our nominee? He’s a liberal with no political experience whose only claim to fame is that he makes documentaries that make Republicans and conservatives look bad. Oh, except that Michael Moore has consistently been a liberal, whereas Donald Trump became a conservative in 2011 (yes, I know Trump has been a Republican since the 80’s, but by no means was he ever really all that conservative).
What S.E. Cupp attempted to do here is somehow link a rise in P.C. culture with Trump’s (again, temporary) political success. While it’s true people can point to random situations where political correctness is presented in an absurd manner, most political correctness refers to societal changes like how it’s improper to accuse millions of undocumented immigrants to be drug dealers and rapists. Or how it’s improper to assume that women who ask you tough questions in a debate setting are doing so because they are on their period. If Republican voters are responding positively to this kind of rhetoric, it isn’t liberals’ fault. It is a result of the state of the current Republican Party, where individuals who make outrageous and stupid comments are remunerated with massive attention from Republican voters and the media.