by Christopher Paslay
Trump’s smashing of the PC rulebook is a breath of fresh air.
Trump is driving progressives insane. He’s taking their whiny, disingenuous cries of “racism,” putting mustard on it, and eating it for dinner. Afterward he wipes his mouth with the tablecloth and burps, and doesn’t even say “excuse me.” As president he probably should say “excuse me,” but he is Trump after all, and that’s why so many Americans love him so much.
Wednesday night, at a re-election rally in Greenville, N.C., Trump once again called out The Squad for their anti-Semitic and anti-American behavior, and for their blatant disrespect of the Office of the President. For a brief moment during Trump’s speech, a portion of the audience broke into a chant of “Send her back!” in reference to Ilhan Omar, who’s taken a soft stance on al Qaeda and has been insensitive to the victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Almost immediately, the mainstream media went bonkers. Former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted this:
The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.
“Trump is stoking the most despicable and disturbing currents in our society,” Bernie Sanders said of the rally. “And that very hatred and racism fuels him.”
The Huffington Post billed the re-election rally in Greenville with this banner headline: Hate Show in NC: ‘Let Them Leave.’
Interestingly, Candice Owens, African American conservative and founder of the Blexit movement, had a different perspective on the rally and the “racist” chant. In an interview with Laura Ingraham, she stated:
“They’re upset by it because they’re more or less seeing the exact same thing that happened in 2016. I feel like I have deja vu watching this. We just listened to Chris Hahn condemn an entire audience as all being racists. ‘Everyone who chanted that is racist.’ I mean, there’s no intellectual depth to that analysis. And that is so problematic. He thinks that every black person is going to wake up and magically vote Democrat because of that chant. That’s insulting to black people. To think that we’re so foolish, as you said, that we’d vote against our own self-interest. We’re doing amazing under this economy. It’s very clear what this chant meant. It simply meant if you don’t like this country, if you don’t like America, you are welcome to leave. Obviously the president is not looking to deport Ilhan Omar. So anyone who is taking it that seriously, is completely misreading culture right now. And at the end of the day they’re going to be upset when Trump wins by a larger margin in 2020.”
On Thursday, perhaps to calm growing tension, President Trump took the high road and disavowed the chant. According to Politico:
President Donald Trump claimed Thursday he “was not happy” with the crowd at his campaign rally in North Carolina the previous evening for chanting “send her back,” after he had goaded the audience with a fiery attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
“I was not happy with it. I disagree with it. But again, I didn’t say that. They did. But I disagree with it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, adding that he “started speaking very quickly” in an attempt to silence the rally attendees. “It was quite a chant, and I felt a little bit badly about it.”
Still, the Left is obsessed with control, and feels entitled to oversee every aspect of our culture. Progressives and the left-leaning media not only want to define their own positions, but want to define their opponents’ ideas, too. In order to do this, they rely heavily on political correctness, which, at its core, is the policing of language and thought. Certain words and ideas, stated by certain people, can be labeled “social justice” or “hate speech,” depending on which identity group they belong to. And of course, the Left gets to decide.
Jeffrey T. Brown summed this up perfectly in his recent American Thinker article:
It is a fascinating process, watching yourself being defined by people who actively practice what they pretend to condemn. The awful things that they project upon us don’t spring from our minds, but from theirs. Those terrible thoughts and dark motives are bred in their own warped psyches. The left . . . has rewarded itself with the exclusive right to interpret our every word and thought, and somehow they always conclude the same thing. We are evil, but they are not.
Trump’s smashing of the PC rulebook is a breath of fresh air. For decades, the Left has been painstakingly laying the foundations of political correctness throughout our culture – co-opting language, thought, and ideas to fit their own agenda. Literally overnight, words take on new meanings because liberal intellectuals – bolstered by ivory tower academics and “advocacy” journalists – have decided to conveniently redefine them. As evidenced by Colin Kaepernick’s objection to Nike’s Betsy Ross flag sneaker, a once beloved symbol of pride can suddenly become a reference to hate. And if someone tests these new bounds, they are usually attacked with such ferocity that the person is either forced to publicly grovel and ask for forgiveness, or get destroyed by the PC police.
From the beginning, the Left has been unable to control Trump. He’s taken their PC playbook and ripped it to shreds, page by page. This is why he’s so dangerous to Democrats: not because he’s a racist or sexist or xenophobe, but because he renders such disingenuous and overused labels completely powerless. Trump’s enemies throw these names at him constantly, one after the other, day and night, and nothing seems to slow him down. In fact, he is indeed energized by them.
As Candice Owens so aptly stated, Trump and his supporters aren’t “racist,” and neither was the chant at Wednesday night’s rally. The perspective that we are all haters is just that – it’s a perspective, one take on reality, and a disingenuous one at that. But America is diverse and there are many interpretations of Trump’s spat with The Squad, and more and more Americans are now having the courage to say so publicly. Of course, if progressives and the left-leaning establishment media took the time to actually listen to what Trump supporters had to say they might know this. But progressives don’t want a dialogue, they want a monologue, where they define every term in order to control every argument.