Powerful business mogul Donald Trump complained during the first Republican presidential debate on the Fox (Republican) Propaganda Channel Thursday that the problem with America is political correctness. We aren’t allowed to say things that hurt other peoples’ feelings, he was implying.
Let me correct Mr. Trump for the record.
As with most conservative tropes, he begins with a false assumption.
Political correctness is a dog whistle term for conservatives suggesting their right to offend is being abridged. “PC” is not about not saying things that hurt other peoples’ feelings, it is about not saying things that show disrespect for other people. Conservatives just can’t help themselves when it comes to disrespecting others. You see it on Twitter, on Facebook, in online forums, in news comments sections, almost anywhere they interact with people. Yet when it comes to others interacting with conservatives, they are quick to play victims: For instance, when it came to shutting down the government a couple of years ago, one of their stated negotiation points was to be shown some respect.
To set the record straight, it is PC to not call Black people “nigger,” to not call mentally disabled people “retard,” and to not call ethnic groups by slurs like “chink,” “jap,” or “gook.” Why? Because those are all derogatory words. They show disrespect. And don’t give me any crap about them just being everyday terms used to describe people. Not in today’s world. Not ever.
So, Donald Trump, is calling Mexicans rapists, which besides being an over generalization and inaccurate is a show of disrespect. And so are all the things you have said about women that Fox’s Meghan Kelly called you out on Thursday.
Donald Trump is all about bluster and bull-dozing not just his opponents but anyone within hearing range. He says absurd things and when challenged, he runs over the challenger with more bluster and more absurd rants. That’s the way it is with conservatives. They don’t feel the need for accountability. They don’t believe they should be challenged. And that’s a problem for someone who wants to be president or, for that matter, any kind of leader.
No, Donald Trump, America’s problem isn’t with political correctness. America’s problem is with people like you and the people you court who think showing disrespect of others is an OK thing. You stand corrected.
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