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The Politically Incorrect Candidate

01 Mar

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The politically incorrect fox?
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Recently, David Duke endorsed Donald Trump’s candidacy for President.  As a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke is the epitome of “political incorrectness” and is therefore supposed to be shunned by all “politically correct” people, institutions and political candidates.

However, according to The Washington Examiner (“Trump won’t denounce KKK supporter David Duke’s endorsement”),

 

“Donald Trump refused to condemn racist groups that would support his candidacy, a few days after former Ku Klux Klan member David Duke endorsed him.

“I have to look at the group,” Trump told Jack Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “If you would send me a list of the groups I would do research on them and I would disavow.”

“He said that he knew nothing about Duke, a nationally-known former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who said that voting against Trump is a vote against white heritage.

“Trump’s opponents, Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were quick to criticize Trump’s refusal to reject the KKK’s support.”

 

When I read that article, it was obvious that Senators Rubio and Cruz weren’t simply “quick” to condemn Trump’s latest bout of “political incorrectness”—they were conditioned by years on the political treadmill to do what was politically correct.  They therefore criticized Trump’s failure to condemn KKK support.

It was grossly “politically incorrect” for Trump to accept support from David Duke.  It was maximally “politically correct” for Senators Rubio and Cruz to condemn Trump for not rejecting Duke.

Then it dawned on me that much of Trump’s success may be attributed to the fact that he seems to routinely reject whatever is “politically correct”.

If it’s politically incorrect to reject illegal aliens, Trump says he’ll build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  If it’s politically incorrect to reject Muslim refugees, Trump rejects them.  If it’s politically incorrect to accept support from the KKK, Trump accepts that support.

Does the public love Trump because he’s persistently “politically incorrect”?

Are Americans so sick and tired of the Establishment’s “political correctness” that we’ll support any candidate who is clearly not “politically correct”.  Are we so sick and tired of the Establishment’s “political correctness” that we’re drawn to support anyone who is persistently and openly politically incorrect?

Is being political incorrect a key to Trump’s success?

I think so.

Will Trump win the Republican Party nomination because he’s politically incorrect?

Will Cruz and Rubio lose because they have both been conditioned by years of politics to always be politically correct?

I think the answer to both questions is Yes.

It’s not that we agree with all of Trump’s statements and claims.  Some of his comments make me squirm.  Still, I’m excited and inspired when I hear Trump say anything I know to be “politically incorrect”—not necessarily because the substance of Trump’s comment was true or pleasing to me—but because Trump figuratively sticks his thumb in the eye of the Establishment every time he’s “politically incorrect”.

Every time Trump says something politically incorrect (contrary to the conditioning we’ve all received from government and the mainstream media), I can imagine members of the Establishment screaming “He can’t say that!!!” I can also imagine Trump grinning and saying, “Yes I can!”   And I can imagine the American people in a state of shock and delight saying, “Yes . . . yes . . . Trump can say things that are “politically incorrect”. . . And if he can, so can WE!

There is something liberating about Trump’s political incorrectness.  There’s something about Trump’s candidacy that allows all of us to speak our minds.  There’s something about Trump’s candidacy that’s exciting because it frees us from the Establishment’s rules of political correctness.  Trump’s candidacy doesn’t just free us to tell the truth—it challenges us to do so.

Cruz and Rubio are boring because their comments are always predictable, always “politically correct”.   Who looks forward to a speech by Cruz or Rubio?  Who will be inspired or even shocked by their next comment?  No one.  All they can deliver is the same politically-correct canned crap we’ve heard from a hundred other politicians over the years.  (“I’m Ted Cruz and the Council For Political Correctness has approved this message.”)

Trump excites and inspires because he’s unpredictable and often “politically incorrect”.  We’re eager to hear him speak because we know he’s going to say something—we don’t know what—that’ll not only be surprising and shocking, but will also be a direct affront to the Establishment.

Trump’s candidacy, even his very being, is an affront to the Establishment and the Establishment’s rules of political correctness.

Trump is the “politically incorrect” candidate.

By being habitually “politically incorrect,” Trump doesn’t simply tell us (as Cruz or Rubio might) that he’s an anti-Establishment candidate.  Instead, by being habitually “politically incorrect,” Trump shows us that he’s only real anti-Establishment candidate in the race.

Right or wrong, Trump’s brand of political incorrectness is helping him win.

 
11 Comments

Posted by on March 1, 2016 in 2016 Election, Trump

 

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11 responses to “The Politically Incorrect Candidate

  1. BMan

    March 1, 2016 at 6:18 AM

    A well-versed shyster knows which lies to commit and can make it seem genuine.

    This is Trump’s entire advantage (which is nothing new).

    Tell me of a candidate in the past 30 years who didn’t do the same. Lie with abandon, then when elected, do the opposite.

     
  2. phil cali

    March 1, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Al,

    Nice try in attempting to cloak your perceived support of the KKK by spinning “politically correct” as the ‘subject’ of your blog in the Trump/KKK issue. You see, “politics” has nothing to do with the hating, lynching and burning of black people. You constantly preach “morality” on your blog. Thus, “morally correct” should be the true topic that you should have presented here; unless you don’t believe morals have anything to do with murdering blacks, ‘just for the hell of it’.

    I agree with you on most things, but not this one.

     
    • Adask

      March 2, 2016 at 4:00 AM

      If you think I’m supporting the KKK, I can only say that I have never met anyone who identified himself as a member of the KKK. I’ve never attended a KKK rally or demonstration. And I’ve never purchased a book written by the KKK. So, whatever “support of the KKK” you’ve “perceived” in me is your mistake.

      That said, I think the politically-incorrect KKK should be every bit as entitled to political free speech and general respect as the Black Panthers and the Muslims–both of which are deemed to be “politically correct” by government and the “establishment”.

       
  3. LC in Texas

    March 1, 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Why does anyone have to reject someones support? It doesn’t mean that they believe in the same way. What is the difference between the KKK and the Black Panthers? Besides Black vs. Whites.

     
  4. moon

    March 1, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Hmmmmm…this presidential run is bringing out all sorts of radical ideas…i.e. the first two comments on this post. Here’s another radical idea of my own that hit me a few weeks ago: Trump is a trojan horse for the “establishment”.

    Al, another well written post.

     
  5. timmy

    March 1, 2016 at 6:33 PM

    Look at the business insider profile about Trump’s office- Filled to overflowing with awards from you know who… of which he is ‘extremely proud’. And Hillary and Bill attended the wedding of his daughter. Who married into a very powerful (you know who) real estate family in NYC. Wake up- he has to be some kind of trojan horse in whatever form. Mass media coverage = tacit approval from you know who (who totally control mainstream media.) Otherwise he would never be on the cover of anything…

     
  6. Ritchard

    March 1, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    In the hysterical rush to be politically correct one would think Trump endorsed Duke.

     
  7. dog-move

    March 2, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Trump is cloaked in a gold-fringed flag like the rest of the actors/deceivers. When he appeared for the photo-op with Sarah Palin he appeared in the forefront of the corporate flag. Anyone that thinks he’s a gonna change anything is deceived. He will do what is necessary to keep the 11th dollar system above the waterline. His billion dollar asset structure is in this state and is his stronghold.

     
  8. LC in Texas

    March 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    If people would quit worrying/assuming what others are saying or doing and concentrate on their own actions, do you think the world would be a better place?

     
  9. Adask

    March 2, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    It might be better. It might be incredibly boring. Half the fun and half the horror of life is trying to guess what the other guy is up to.

    And they often are “up to something”. If you have any wealth, for example, (or anything else that people desire), it’s not unreasonable to suppose that there are people out there who are trying to figure how to take whatever it is you’ve got. That’s not just paranoia, that’s the way the world works.

    If we were to think only about our own actions, we’d probably be more vulnerable to being robbed and impoverished. We’ve got to think about the other guy. Why? Because he’s probably no more of a saint than you or me.

     
    • cathy baldwin

      March 5, 2016 at 12:53 AM

      The last comment, ‘Half the fun and half the horror of life’… is absolutely brilliant. Sometimes I think my own mind is like The Enquirer, a tabloid I would never bring into my residence. I only think this privately and would generally not bring it up in polite company. Haha.

       

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