Here’s Dave Rubin, comedian and now Leftist (but anti-Regressive Leftist) Dave Rubin giving a brief report about an onstage conversation he had at UCLA with conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
As Heatstreet reports, and Rubin confirms, protestors blocked access to the venue for nearly two hours, delaying the presentation, and many of the protestors had no idea what Yiannopoulos thinks. And some of the protestors spat on Yiannopoulos.
I do disagree with one of Rubin’s claims, “This [some liberals saying they’d vote for Trump to ‘break the back’ of regressive Leftism] is true confirmation of what I’ve been saying for months: if the Left won’t deal with issues like immigration and Islamism honestly, they’ll hand voters right over to Donald Trump.”
Rubin sees Trump as a creation not wholly of the Right, but largely of the Left, with Trump support being a strong reaction to the Left’s hypocrisy. While many conservatives are surely unaware of the free-speech wars and Regressive Leftism pervading college campuses, perhaps there is something to Rubin’s claim that those same conservatives disdain Democrats’ refusal to blame Islam for any bad acts, much less terrorism. But I don’t see the Democrats’ immigration policy as similarly hypocritical: it’s a hard problem and Obama et al. are trying to do something about it. Republicans’ blanket dislike of immigrants comes more from bigotry and economic fears than from Leftist policy.
Is the Left to blame, then, for the rise of Trump? I don’t think so, but James Lindsay, in a piece at allthink.com, advises liberals to stop calling Trump a racist, a bigot, a misogynist, or a Nazi. Why?
Those phrases, when directed against Trump or the angry conservative machine that is feeding his success as a candidate, are helping – not hurting – his chances in November.
People left, right, and center – but especially on the right – are justifiably sick and tired of being called bigots and having almost everything in social politics reduced to smear campaigns about bigotry. This overbearing assault is the well-intended and ill-conceived product of a fashionable strain of progressivism that has taken it as a holy mission to stamp out bigotry in all its forms in every corner of our society.
The over-application of terms of bigotry as a means of silencing disagreement with a left-bending social orthodoxy has become, shall we say, “problematic.” As a result, words like racist, sexist, misogynist, homophobe, and the rest, have become conservative dog-whistles that mean “honest and brave,” and “willing to speak his mind (without fear).” Like the inappropriate application of an antibiotic, the incessant misuse of these terms has created a superbug.
The real question is how it has missed nearly everyone’s notice that perhaps the most commonly stated reason for support for Trump, “I like him because he’s not afraid to speak his mind,” might have something to do with hating the excesses of political correctness. (Is there a parallel here to left-wing denials of the open admissions made by jihadists who claim that they attack for Islam?) What, exactly, do people imagine that angry conservatives are glad he’s got the nerve to say openly?
Readers are invited to weigh in with agreement or disagreement. I do have to say that calling Trump names doesn’t seem to me a productive strategy for liberals. Far better to attack his policies, or simply recount the odious statements he’s made.