How Political Correctness Helped Get Donald Trump Elected

I consider myself part of the ‘Left’ in many ways. I suppose if I had to label myself, I’d likely go with Classical Liberal, which makes the decay of the Left even more painful to watch.

Since the election that propelled Donald Trump to power, the Left wing media has suffered a meltdown, and finger pointing abounds. Blog posts and news articles are pointing fingers at women, white people, white men, racists, homophobes, xenophobes etc.

Take these headlines as examples of what I’m talking about.

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As if voting for someone because of the genitalia they happened to be born with is a good idea.

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Curious how that happened. Women must hate themselves. They’re clearly suffering from internalized misogyny.

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Yes. That’s why Obama won twice. All those racists were sucked into a spaceship on election day and only the non-racists were allowed to vote. During the Trump election, the aliens just wanted to see how things would go if they allowed all those racists to cast a vote this time around.

This election wasn’t about misogyny or racism. Sure, there are racists and sexists who voted for Trump, but they don’t have the numbers to elect someone President. For that they need a lot of help, and that help partially came from a counter-revolution against SJW’s and their stifling brand of political correctness.

Many of those white women and men didn’t vote Trump because they hate brown people and/or women, but because they’re sick and tired of being painted as bad people simply because they were born male and/or white or because they were born women and don’t live up to the expectations of (some) third wave feminists. They voted that way in protest, because a large part of the Left has become authoritarian in nature and they punish people with shame whenever someone disagrees with them.

People are tired of safe spaces that infantilize students; they’re sick of safe spaces that seek to regress Western civilization to a time when segregation was the order of the day.

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People are sick of being told what Halloween costumes they’re allowed to wear, like in the following video.

Social Justice Warriors even decided to call video games sexist, and Hillary went ahead and branded 50% of Trump voters as a basket of deplorables.

Everywhere you look, everything is some sort of ‘ism’ or an example of one group supposedly hating another and if you disagree or don’t see it…well…you’re part of the problem!

Many hard working, ordinary people are sick and tired of Social Justice Warriors and political correctness. I’m not talking about the political correctness that merely means trying to be polite to one another, but the kind that seeks to punish, shame and silence dissent of any kind.

This seething anger was boiling beneath the surface and along comes Trump who just talks trash without bothering to even try to moderate his language to suit politically correct audiences. He just opens his mouth and spews forth words, and to those who are suffocating beneath the blanket of SJW PC culture, it seems like a breath of fresh air.

If you were paying attention, you could see this election unfolding this way from a mile off. It wasn’t set in stone by any means, but the potential was always there and Trump tapped into it.

As a consequence, you now have a President that openly said America should kill Muslim families because someone in their family might be a terrorist. I mean, even the hosts at FOX News look horrified by what he’s saying.

I quote from the video:

“With the terrorists, you have to take out their families,” Trump said. “When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.”

“They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about them. You have to take out their families.”

The regressive, authoritarian Left is partially to blame for the bitter pill that is Trump, and America will likely be choking on that pill for 4 long years.

The Left needs to take ownership and stop pointing fingers at others. That’s what lead to this problem in the first place. Instead, they should turn that finger around and point it squarely at their own chests, and then get to work getting their house in order.

As George Carlin once warned:

Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people’s language with strict codes and rigid rules. I’m not sure that’s the way to fight discrimination. I’m not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech.

Part of the problem are the smug, entitled, elitist, leftists who perpetuate this sort of smothering politically correct atmosphere, and I fear that they have learned nothing from this election.

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37 Comments

  1. Great post. I must admit I find the intolerance of the SJW’s particularly annoying.

    As a late middle aged white male I find also intensely annoying the implication that I an innately racist and sexist. I should point out that my views on the world are what I consider to quite middle of the road.

    Whilst I would not support Trump I can see how the SJW nonsense would drive some to do so.

  2. I’m getting tired of being told that if I don’t vote Democratic that I’m racist. I’m getting tired of being called sexist if I didn’t vote for Hillary. I’m getting tired of being told that I disagree and didn’t vote for Obama because I hated the thought of a black president. None of these are true. But they appeal to emotional hot buttons and are used to try to extort votes for these people who otherwise would not and did not EARN my vote.
    If you think about it, I mean really think… asking someone to vote for Hillary because she will be the first woman president, or telling someone that they need to vote or or agree with Obama because he’s the first African American president, is definitely racist and Sexist.
    I wouldn’t vote for someone just because they are a man anymore than I would just because they are a woman. BOTH would be sexist. And I wouldn’t vote for someone just because they are white anymore than I would because they are African american… BOTH propositions would be inherently racist reasons.
    To be manipulated and extorted to do so or be called racist and Sexist is the very definition of what is wrong with the Democratic Party.

    • I voted for Hillary, not because she’s a woman, not because of her politics, or her apparent shenanigans, but because I cannot abide the disaster that is Trump, and because of her self-control and adult behavior during the debates. While Trump pointed fingers and expressed outrage and made pouty faces and stalked her endlessly while she was speaking, she utterly ignored him, the way you do a rude little boy, rising above all that. That impressed me.
      That’s the hallmark of a good president (at least one of them), that you are in control of yourself, and do not lower yourself to the common denominator of personal anger. And lord knows she’s had practice at that.
      But beyond that, I think calling names and placing blame because someone voted the way they wanted is truly damaging. You don’t ‘cancel out” someone else’s vote, you vote your heart, your conscience, your ability to sleep at night.

      • Hi Judy! Thanks for dropping in,

        “While Trump pointed fingers and expressed outrage and made pouty faces and stalked her endlessly while she was speaking, she utterly ignored him, the way you do a rude little boy, rising above all that. That impressed me.”

        I watched the ‘debates’ if you can call them that, and I found her smug smile rather annoying as well. Trump makes me grind my teeth whenever he talks.

        “You don’t ‘cancel out” someone else’s vote, you vote your heart, your conscience, your ability to sleep at night.”

        Amen to that. 🙂

    • Yes Mike, whilst if I would have personally preferred a Clinton win to Trump. I have been annoyed to read some female commentators attributing Clinton’s loss to misogyny of white men.

      It seems fairly clear to me that the main reason Clinton lost is that she took the so-called rust belt states too much for granted and did not propose an agenda to give those folk some hope.

      Now I am not convinced that Trumps agenda will work, but he at least spoke to the concerns of the electorate in that part of the country.

      • Let’s be honest. Clinton lost because people hated trump a little less than they hated Clinton. That and she took the whole thing for granted as her rightful inheritance. It was her turn and she deserved it. Sorry… no she didn’t. Neither of them did. But apparantly one of them had to lose, I’m just a little less unhappy that it was clinton

    • “But they appeal to emotional hot buttons and are used to try to extort votes for these people who otherwise would not and did not EARN my vote.”

      That is precisely it. They can’t imagine someone would vote for entirely different reasons. They just jump to an ‘ism’ as the reason and walk away smugly satisfied.

      “I wouldn’t vote for someone just because they are a man anymore than I would just because they are a woman. BOTH would be sexist. And I wouldn’t vote for someone just because they are white anymore than I would because they are African american… BOTH propositions would be inherently racist reasons.”

      Exactly. And I do want to say that the comments on your blog accusing you of these very things because you voted independent was part of the reason I felt it was important to write this post.

      Thank you very much for stopping in.

  3. Wow.. a great post, and much food for thought and debate. Firstly, what is SJW? Secondly.. I don’t know if I agree with you about the stifling “political correctness” that you speak of.. I understand what you’re saying, and I can understand the resentment of people watching the ‘smug, entitled, liberal lefties”(I think is how you referred to them), and then feeling that they are being persecuted for being white, middle class, whatever, and having the beliefs and the feelings that they do. But the reality is that- YOU ARE NOT BEING PERSECUTED.. you are simply reading an article, watching a news programme that is highlighting issues to do with race or sex or whatever else, and then having a reaction. Because the unfortunate fact is that rascism, sexis etc DO EXIST; and have been the driving force behind some pretty terrible policys and events of the past(REAL persecution). We HAVE had to work, and battle, to move past a point in history when these ‘isms’ were simply taken for granted. Pc-ism, is simply TRYING to get people to think before they speak or act, and think OUTSIDE of their little box or comfort zone.. no, nobody can be perfect all the time, but if everybody TRIED a little harder to let go of prejudices and beliefs which are divisive.. in years to come humaity might be more united, more tolerant and more sympathetic to one another. Yes, some aspects of political correctness can sometimes feel stifling- but the underlying point is sound, and important. I could continue but this is very rambling and very long now.. so I will stop. Thanks for a great post!

    • “Wow.. a great post, and much food for thought and debate. Firstly, what is SJW?”

      Thanks so much. I’m glad you found value here. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

      SJW stands for ‘Social Justice Warrior’.

      “But the reality is that- YOU ARE NOT BEING PERSECUTED.. you are simply reading an article, watching a news programme that is highlighting issues to do with race or sex or whatever else, and then having a reaction.”

      I disagree with this on a number of levels.

      a) The media is a good indicator of society, and I provided several news headlines to outline my point. These are easy to find and you can find them easily right here on WP as well. Even people I follow are writing pieces about how sexism and misogyny are the reasons why Trump was elected.

      b) Watch that video of a professor being talked down to by a student. She literally tells him to shutup. This is happening in college and university campuses everywhere.

      c) It seems everything is about race or sex. Identity politics is alive and well. In some countries, they just put people into government positions based on whether they have the right genitalia. Individualism, free speech and earning things based on merit is under attack. I’m no longer an individual with unique thoughts and feelings to some people. I’m a white, cis male. That is all they need to know in order to dismiss my opinions.

      “Because the unfortunate fact is that rascism, sexis etc DO EXIST; and have been the driving force behind some pretty terrible policys and events of the past(REAL persecution).”

      I would never argue that they don’t exist. Unfortunately, they always will. There will always be people who are bad people.

      However, I think people overestimate their number. They are the minority and most people aren’t racist or sexist. They’re just people trying to get by. The very reason why Liberals often brand people as sexist or racist is because it’s a horrible label. No one wants to be labeled that way, so they will allow themselves to be silenced rather than be labelled that way.

      ” in years to come humaity might be more united, more tolerant and more sympathetic to one another. Yes, some aspects of political correctness can sometimes feel stifling-”

      As we saw with this election, which was arguably the most divisive of all time, I don’t think that’s the case. Listening to one another, having difficult discussions and taking part in the free marketplace of ideas is how we become more unified. Labeling people as racist or sexist based on racist and sexist criteria is not the way to bring unity. It never has been.

      Thanks again for your thoughts. I enjoyed reading them!

  4. I became a stranger in my own country now, or at least I feel like it. Does that mean 50% of the people I know are full with hate and only pretend to smile when they see me -and others?
    Great post, however, I disagree with the “political correctness” part.

  5. Great Post ! I am a middle aged middle class white guy who is a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. I rarely voice my political views in blogs or FB. Everyone seems to have an opinion and a report or article to back up their opinion. That’s OK . But I don’t like FB friends who I see siting articles from media I’ve never heard of that sounds like something I would read in the National Inquirer. Both sides are guilty but I have found many of my liberal friends to be more mean spirited in their name calling and less informed . They want to be heard and yet they tried to shut down the opponent’s ability to speak. What happened to free speech ? All the reason to be silent.

    I have new respect for President Obama and Hillary Clinton for taking the high road and asking ALL Americans to stand behind OUR new President and give him a chance. President Obama said yesterday WE are Americans and Patriots first. I’m going to try to act like one .

    • I liked Obama’s speech as well. The sun does indeed come up the next day.

      “They want to be heard and yet they tried to shut down the opponent’s ability to speak. What happened to free speech ? All the reason to be silent. ”

      That silent segment of the electorate came out and bit the establishment in the ass.

      If I have an opinion and someone comes along and starts hurling insults at me instead of having a reasoned and rational discussion, then in many cases, I’m going to dig in further because it’s against the person trying to shame me.

      Thanks for stopping in!

  6. a counter-revolution against SJW’s and their stifling brand of political correctness.

    Many of those white women and men didn’t vote Trump because they hate brown people and/or women, but because they’re sick and tired of being painted as bad people simply because they were born male and/or white or because they were born women and don’t live up to the expectations of (some) third wave feminists. They voted that way in protest, because a large part of the Left has become authoritarian in nature and they punish people with shame whenever someone disagrees with them.

    Interesting idea. I’m not convinced, though. How do you know this was such a big motivator? Can you provide some citations to substantiate your claim?

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  8. I basically agree with you about the stupidity of ultra-PC politics, and especially identity politics. However, I don’t think revulsion against it was a major factor in Trump’s being elected president.

    People are much more p.o.ed about being screwed over economically while the ultra-rich wallow in obscene, unearned wealth..If people weren’t so angry about their economic situation, and the basic unfairness of it, they’d laugh off the guilt-tripping, identity-politics, PC left, or at worst tell those holier-than-thou puritans to fuck themselves and then ignore them.

    They’re an irritant, yes. And they give the left a bad name. But a cause of Trump’s victory? I don’t think so.

  9. I feel like I’m late to the party, reading this now since you posted it a while ago. But I am generally feeling the same way. I’ve been thinking about how words meant to include became turned to weapons to exclude, the odd insulating silos that come with social media etc. It’s been forcing me to write…which is a good thing…and to blog which is something I never thought I would do. I’ve come to accept my response to everything is to really look at my own BS, but also to start to put some of my ideas out to the world. Glad to know I’m not doing it in a vacuum.

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