Quit Whining, Liberals. You Brought Trump on Yourselves
It barely took 24 hours for liberals to start protesting Donald Trump's victory on Tuesday. In fact, students walked out of school Wednesday morning and riots began in earnest that evening. But if liberals wanted to protest someone for Trump's success, they should be protesting themselves. In many ways, the Left brought Trump on the country, and it was completely avoidable if they had been just a little more reasonable.
Much has been written about the conservative media bubble, and not without reason. But a similar — and more pernicious — phenomenon is happening on the Left, and it is happening in the very seats of intellectual power. Liberals in the universities, the media, and the Democrat Party are largely responsible for Trump, and their echo chamber is so insulated they can barely see it.
Here are four ways American liberals brought Trump on themselves. If they want to protest someone, they should look in the mirror.
1. Enforcing political correctness.
Readers of PJ Media are likely familiar with the explosion of political correctness on college campuses. While the trend traces much further back, the recent fracas reached a fever pitch in the fall of last year: students complained that Halloween costumes constituted "cultural appropriation" and "microaggressions." The very idea of a microaggression — where speech or actions not intended to be insulting can be interpreted that way anyway — is arguably anti-free speech. But students took the idea and ran with it, demanding censorship.
From then on, things just started getting worse. A state university had a "stop white people" event for RA training. Racially segregated housing is making a comeback — only now it's black dorms ruled off limits to white people. Last month, University of California-Berkeley students formed a blockade to keep white people from using a bridge. Oh, and if you even disagree with "safe spaces," you're a white supremacist.
Students are being taught the ills of Western culture and history, but not its many positive contributions. Most college students now even think Americans invented slavery, an institution as old as history and universal in all developed cultures until Christians abolished it, twice, and starting in the West.
Given these recent events, is it any wonder that a group of young white males — constantly preached to about their "privilege" and the evils of their ancestors — are asserting themselves? The alt-right is racist and evil, but it is a backlash against the racial slant of today's political correctness.
Donald Trump's greatest strength — and his greatest sin in the eyes of liberals — was his much-vaunted ability to "tell it like it is." He was not afraid to say the politically incorrect thing, launching his campaign by calling many Mexican illegal immigrants rapists. Following the death of Kate Steinle two weeks beforehand, his immigration declarations struck a nerve.
If the Republican electorate wanted an anti-establishment candidate, they had a few to choose from. They did not have to vote for a man who had donated to Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008 and who recently supported universal healthcare. They could have supported Ted Cruz, who was a true conservative, anti-establishment, and didn't have Trump's baggage. Of course, he didn't have Trump's name recognition either...
But the liberals were most scared of Donald Trump. Not only did he say unacceptable things, he was already a household name. Ted Cruz scared them, but Trump disgusted them, and Republicans loved that.
There was another reason political correctness helped Trump win. After Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage, conservatives became terrified that the Supreme Court would further enshrine liberal ideas into American law. The sudden emphasis on "transgender rights" further reminded conservatives that they had to fight back. Even those who would not have supported Trump normally voted for him to ensure a conservative Supreme Court, and political correctness convinced them it was now or never.
Next Page: Why the Left's hyperbole against Trump didn't work.