Looking at the Trump election, Briggs wrote, "Donald, You Ignorant Slut."
What did he mean by that?
From his column:
Of all the words used by the press to describe Donald Trump, the million-hit wonders [on Google] are these:
bully 1.4 million
self-obsessed 2.5 million
vicious 9.1 million
rude 13.3 million
cruel 13.3 million
liar 16.2 million
angry 19.3 million
And the winner—drum roll, please:
idiot 20.5 million
Notice that five of the eight are internal attributes, only one can be fact-checked, and the most popular epithet of them all is the last refuge of sputtering incoherent rage. It’s reminiscent of the old Saturday Night Live routine, with Dan Aykroyd responding to anything Jane Curtin said with, “Jane, you ignorant slut.”It is a wonderful article that gets into the pants of the situation. This is an election about freedom, not tyranny. He rolls over the stereotypes of Trump's supporters.
You’ve got the authoritarian reason, the idea that Trump voters want “a strong man like Putin.” Yeah, really? Would that be the same Scots-Irish people who followed John Knox, got kicked out of the Lowlands, caused all the ruckus in Ulster County, fought the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania, and spread out through the Ohio Valley and Appalachia and the Deep South so they could get away from all governments? Yeah, right, those people want a dictator.(Earlier he pointed out that 18 other women have been heads of state. Briggs wrote,"If Hillary does become the first female President, we should give her the Ulf Merbold Award. If you go into any office of the European Space Agency, there’s a picture of this goofy grinning guy named Ulf Merbold. That’s because he was the first European astronaut on the first purely European space mission at the fairly irrelevant date of 1984. When you’re a female leader following in the footsteps of women from such bastions of feminism as Bolivia, Haiti, Rwanda, Peru and the Central African Republic, it’s not exactly headline-worthy.")
But this is the meat of his whole column -- and this election:
My point is that the Donald Trump voters have consistently told us why they’re voting for Trump, but it doesn’t fit any of the stereotypes and so it’s never mentioned. What’s the first thing out of a Trump voter’s mouth when he’s asked about it?
“I like him because he says what’s on his mind.”
“He’ll say anything.”
“He doesn’t sugar-coat it.”
“He says things no one else will say.”
It’s a political movement based on the First Amendment.
Shouldn’t we, at the very least, be looking at why 40-plus-percent of the American population would feel stifled and silenced? Shouldn’t this be what we’re examining instead of the cerebral cortex of Donald Trump’s addled ego? Wouldn’t this be the reporterly thing to do?George Wallace? Trump is William Wallace.
I am disappointed that in the wake of Trump, political correctness is now defended by people like Jonah Goldberg, who wrote Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Change.
People are calling the press out this year.
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