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Here's More Evidence the Trump Movement Is Backlash Against Political Correctness

Conservative celebrities say Trump will take a stand against (you guessed it ) PC fascism.

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Todd Kranin / Reason

Stephen Baldwin—the actor, outspoken conservative, and brother of Alec Baldwin—supports Donald Trump for president, and his main reason is this: Trump is against political correctness.

"The first policy of his that I favor is this guy is gonna take a stand when it comes to the BS of the PC—the political correctness," said Baldwin in an interview with Newsweek. "The BS about the political correctness, how many decades have we been saying that the machine is broken and this and that?" 

Baldwin was not the only conservative celebrity to express such sentiments. Ted Nugent, another Trump supporter, said this: "America must err on the side of security during a dangerous war on terror, where Americans' lives trump hurt feelings and political correctness." 

Scott Baio, Kid Rock, Jon Voight, and Mike Tyson did not mention political correctness by name, but their answers to Newsweek's question—why do you support Trump?—suggest that they are similarly impressed by Trump's say-anything attitude. 

In Trump's view, we don't win anymore, and a big reason we don't win is because we're too afraid to speak the truth—too afraid of hurting people's feelings. This is what Trump supporters love about him: his celebrity supporters very much included. 

As I've written previously, many criticisms of political correctness strike me as ridiculously overblown. It seems hyperbolic to assert that being too PC is a national security threat, as Rep. Steve King has claimed. 

At the same time, it is true that political correctness—defined as efforts to compel (not just encourage) hyper-sensitive speech—is an increasingly powerful force on American university campuses, where what counts as offensive conduct is much, much, much broader. Indeed, mere expressions of pro-Trump political advocacy at Emory UniversityScripps College, and the University of Michigan have met with institutional reprisal on grounds that they constitute not just hate speech but actual violence toward easily offended students. When writing "Trump 2016" in chalk on the sidewalk of a university campus becomes some kind of free-expression stunt, it's not surprising that some students will cheer for a madman. 

Obviously, "he isn't afraid to be offensive" is a terrible reason to overlook Trump's truly awful policies (particularly on trade, immigration, and even free speech itself). But given that "he isn't afraid to be offensive" is driving so many people to Trump in the first place, perhaps it's worth exploring whether ratcheting down the PC-based censorship crusde currently underway in American higher education might forestall the appearance of future Trumps. 

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  1. I bet the Baldwin Thanksgiving dinners are fun.

    1. I doubt they are on speaking terms.

  2. So now you know who to blame for Donald Trump. Next time you encounter an SJW, thank them for helping to make America great again.

    1. They just didn’t SJW hard enough!

  3. What I really want to know is when is Robby’s Hair going to take on Trump’s Hair?

    1. No contest. Robby’s Hair is all pampered and buffed-out. Trump’s is all street and its got a mean streak a mile wide (just ask the hat). It would be Gold’s Gym guy v street brawler – ugly, and the outcome never in doubt.

      1. I bet Robby’s hair know BJJ.

        1. Puts three bullets in Robby’s knee hair- walks away…

    2. My money’s on Robby’s hair, it’s a young upstart hungry hair, I think he can take him.

      1. Exactly. Maybe Trump’s hair used to be a tough guy, but it’s old now and not as agile as it used to be.

    3. I want to see a hair off between Rico and Milo.

  4. “Scott Baio, Kid Rock, Jon Voight, and Mike Tyson”

    A real murderer’s row of relevant entertainers.

    1. The Newsweek reporter was just lucky to catch them all riding the same bus.

      1. Let me guess, with the four of them, the bus was full?

        1. Well, it’s kind of a short bus….

    2. Not that a troop of A-list celebrities should be a qualification for anything.

  5. As goes Scott Baio so goes Crusty.

    New boy in the neighborhood
    Lives downstairs and it’s understood.
    He’s there just to take good care of Crusty,
    Like he’s one of the family.

    Charles in Charge
    Of my days and my nights
    Charles in Charge
    Of my wrongs and my rights

    And I sing, I want,
    I want Charles in Charge of me.

    Charles in Charge
    Of my days and my nights
    Charles in Charge
    Of my wrongs and my rights

    And I sing, I want,
    I want Charles in Charge of me.

    1. And this was on prime time network TV?

      Daring.

      1. Liza Minnelli?

        1. She is a hellcat in the sack.

        2. Yet another meta-joke buried in Arrested Development.

      2. Whoever took time to make a list of women Scott Baio’s been with has the saddest life in the world.

        1. Rumor has it that Scott Baio had a one night stand with Natalie Raitano in 1999.

          1. Nicole Eggert! Am I the only one who came of age while watching Blown Away?

            1. Does she have the same terrible accent that tommy lee jones does in that movie?

              1. Not that one, the Feldman and Haim one. So much better.

            2. NicolePamela

              1. Hey, where is my greater than sign?

  6. It just goes to show: regardless of their political preferences, all Baldwins suck.*

    *-Alec is a truly good actor though. I can’t stand him, but he does good work.

    1. False. Daniel has always been the acting talent in that family.

      1. Did you forget that Alec once called creepy photographer a “coon?”

        1. Alec Baldwin denied that charge and I am sickened that you would spread such libelous accusations.

        2. Of course, what he may have called a photographer casts no light on his acting talent.

      2. Haven’t seen much of his work, to be honest.

    2. Alec filled the gap that Dabney Coleman aged out of – being able to play a complete douchebag to perfection.

    3. I liked that movie with the Bear and Hannibal Lector going on a camping trip in Alaska.

      1. Thank you for that information. What are some other of your favorites? Do you like gladiator movies?

        1. Alec Baldwin is in gladiator movies!?

      2. I like my coffee like I like my women: bitter and murky.

        1. I also like my women the way I like my coffee: fair trade

          1. I like my coffee like I like my women, bitter, acidic, overheated, and very black.

            Oops, I meant that’s how I like my First Ladies.

    4. It just goes to show: regardless of their political preferences, all Baldwins suck.

      AHEM!

    5. Great actor? He always struck me as incredibly wooden. Not Keanu Reeves wooden, but not terribly far behind.

  7. I wish Canada would bomb them already.

  8. Trump sat alone in a boggy marsh,
    totally emotionless except for his heart
    Mud flowed up into Trump’s pajamas
    he totally confused all the passing piranhas
    He’s Trump, he’s Trump
    He’s in my head
    He’s Trump, he’s Trump, he’s Trump
    he might be dead
    Trump lingered last in line for brains
    and the one he got was sorta rotten and insane
    Small things so sad that birds could land
    Is Trump fast asleep or rockin’ out with the band?
    He’s Trump, he’s Trump
    He’s in my head
    He’s Trump, he’s Trump, he’s Trump
    he might be dead
    Trump was limp and lonely and needed a shove
    Trump slipped on a kiss and tumbled into love
    He spent his twenties between the sheets
    Life limped along at sub-sonic speeds
    He’s Trump, he’s Trump
    He’s in my head
    He’s Trump, he’s Trump, he’s Trump
    He might?

  9. Political Correctness is insidious. Here’s Carlin talking about it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkhUivqzWv0

  10. OK half of you fight for “social justice” and thereby create resentments among the other half of you that people are getting it too easy. Also both sides can agree the real threat is terrorism – so keep bombing the middle east. And also kick out all the illegals. They are involved in some way, probably, in causing the misery the country is experiencing. Oh and don’t forget opiates. I’ve heard there’s an overprescription epidemic. Another reason we really need to build a wall.

    1. Hey, so AddictionMyth, are you willing to say you’re not a Scientologist yet?

      1. Hey, so AddictionMyth, are you willing to say you’re not a Scientologist witch yet?

        FTFY

        1. It seems like a reasonable question. Are your your arguments base upon Scientology?

          And you keep refuse to give a straight answer, just like a Scientologist would. The evasiveness isn’t exactly scoring you any points.

          I don’t give shit one way or the other but I can at least deal with an honest argument. All you have to say is “Yes I’m a Scientologist” or “No I’m not a Scientologist.” This isn’t a witch hunt hunt, I just like people making honest arguments

          1. Hitler never denied being a Scientologist, either.

            Just sayin’…

            1. I’m pretty sure Hitler also never quoted L. Ron Hubbard to prove that he wasn’t a Scientologist either.

  11. As I’ve written previously, many criticisms of political correctness strike me as ridiculously overblown. It seems hyperbolic to assert that being too PC is a national security threat, as Rep. Steve King has claimed.

    Oh really? Major Hussein did everything but write a letter to the President declaring his intention to wage the jihad before he decided to gun down 30 people or whatever. And the Army’s response was to promote him because everyone was afraid it would look racist to actually say something about an Army officer who gives a professional development presentation on the need to kill for Islam.

    Just today there is the case of the Navel Officer who has apparently given God knows what secrets to the Chinese. He was able to do this because no one saw any reason why it might be a problem to give a Chinese immigrant from Taiwan access to state secrets the Chinese would like to have. And no one could say anything because that would be racist.

    1. Then we have the case of the government security clearance forms.

      As Ars has reported, those problems were not just found at OPM itself. Contractors working for the agency may have introduced some unique security issues of their own, including employing Chinese nationals?some working from overseas?as part of subcontracting teams

      http://arstechnica.com/securit…..nage-data/

      And if anyone had said anything about that, they would have been accused of being “racist”.

      I get it Robby. You like the left and most of your friends are Progs. Culturally they are just your cup of tea. They mean well. So OC couldn’t be that bad. Ah yeah, it really could be.

      1. Maybe. But people always find missed warning signs after someone unexpectedly does something bad. I don’t think you can automatically blame it on PC every time the perp is non-white, non-male.

        I’m also not sure I would classify the Hussein shooting as an example of a threat to national security.

        1. Its not “unexpected” that a Chinese national would be a spy for china. It only seems that way if you are too PC to admit that maybe being Chinese is relevant to whether you should have access to classified information.

          1. I suspect a small fraction of Chinese nationals that collaborate with people in the US are spies. Though I agree that being Chinese should be relevant to whether you have access to classified information. But were they officially given access to classified material? (which would surprise me, but I suppose is possible), or did they gain access by bypassing other security measures?

            I just think you’re being too quick to blame PC when general incompetence/hindsight is simpler explanation.

            1. Lin worked with the unit responsible for this disaster.

            2. ut were they officially given access to classified material?

              Yes.

              1. Then it sounds like it’s worth improving the screening process for clearance. But I doubt PC is the reason why it failed in this case. It certainly doesn’t prevent FedGov from inconveniencing me and any Chinese visitors I have at my place of employment (as well as Russians, Iranians, Iraqis…).

                1. Then it sounds like it’s worth improving the screening process for clearance.

                  What? There’s no evidence he was a mole.

                  But I doubt PC is the reason why it failed in this case.

                  You doubt PC was a reason a Chinese immigrant was assigned to a unit that’s highest priority for the PRC and then only lightly monitored?

          2. I agree. We should put them all in camps. Just like during WWII. You can put the camp next to Trump’s Halal Resort Consolidation Resort.

            1. PC in a nutshell. Pretend foreign allegiances don’t exist or else we have to put them all in camps.

              1. Oh, look at you. You’re adorable!

          3. It’s not “unexpected” that a Jew would be a spy for Israel. That’s what you were going to say next, right?

            1. It’s not “unexpected” that a Jew would be a spy for Israel.

              It’s not “unexpected” that a Cuban would be a spy for Cuba.

              It’s not “unexpected” that an Iranian would be a spy for Iran.

              It’s not “unexpected” that a Russian would be a spy for Russia.

            2. Well… anyone can betray their state for money or sex or possibly ideology, but non-Jews would be much less likely to betray the US for Israel out of a nationalist sentiment. Ditto Chinese for China, Russians for Russia, etc. Anglos for the UK is probably the exception (unless they’re from there within a few generations) as they’re likely to feel a more nationalistic affinity for the US than the UK.

              1. but non-Jews would be much less likely to betray the US for Israel out of a nationalist sentiment.

                Have you spoken to an evangelical lately?

            3. I know you are stupid to the point of almost being retarded Old man. But even you must understand that “relevant” does not mean the same thing as “despositive”. Don’t you?

              How do you function? Seriously, I have never come into contact with someone as consistently as stupid and willfully ignorant as you seem to be who wasn’t in some kind of institution.

    2. it seems hyperbolic to assert that being too PC is a national security threat,

      Its the best thing the terrorists have going for them, so I think it kind of is.

      1. Yes. But to Robby and people like him the worse enemy must always be some angry white male. And the biggest danger facing the country is “backlash” that occurs after a terrorist attack. It is just the air he breaths.

    3. PC is not so good for teacher security, either.

  12. Cruz needs to get these PC people attacking him, too.

    Maybe he can schedule a speech in Greenwich Village, or better yet some college, defending traditional marriage. Some event that’s bound to be disrupted.

    Then let the votes pour in.

    1. I know, Cruz can come to Berkeley to make a joint appearance with Kim Davis.

      It would be like baiting a retard trap.

      1. Cruz and Davis smoking up together? Would watch.

    2. Hmm. I don’t think many conservatives really begrudge gay people the right to marry, they begrudge having to actively support it and/ participate in it.
      Defending traditional marriage will just come across as cultural war left overs.

      1. “they begrudge having to actively support it and/ participate in it”

        Which is *exactly* the issue presented today. (I think it was *always* the issue, but it certainly is today).

        And yes, if Ted Cruz holds such an event as I suggest, the people who come to disrupt the meeting will be the ones who want to *force* you to actively support/participate in it.

        Maybe you have no problem baking the gay cakes for Adam and Steve. But do you want a screaming mob of SJWs saying that the police should take your property away, closing down your business, if you *don’t* do it?

        Cruz should bring this howling mob out into the open where the voters can see them.

        1. Maybe you wouldn’t mind passing the salt if someone asks you “please pass the salt.”

          But what if it was a mob screaming “pass the salt, you racist, or we’re coming to get you”? Would you pass the salt *then*?

    3. defending traditional marriage

      You mean things like arranged marriages, polygamy, and marrying people under the age of 18?

      1. OK, defending true marriage, or real marriage, or not the fake kind of marriage, I hope that’s less triggering for you.

        1. defending true marriage, or real marriage, or not the fake kind of marriage

          Oh, so you just mean polygamy.

  13. But given that “he isn’t afraid to be offensive” is driving so many people to Trump in the first place, perhaps it’s worth exploring whether ratcheting down the PC-based censorship crusde currently underway in American higher education might forestall the appearance of future Trumps.

    Because we wouldn’t want to do that anyway. No, PC was fucking fabulous and no big deal until it produced Trump!!!

  14. There are 3 types of kids on the playground. Normal kids, who just want to be left alone to play, bullies, who want to dominate other kids directly, and tattletales, who want to dominate other kids indirectly by invoking an authority figure. Usually, the fear of tattletales running to the teacher keeps the bullies somewhat in check, and fear of bullies’ retribution (when the teacher’s back is turned) keeps the tattletales in somewhat check. Right now, the tattletales are ascendant — so a sizable fraction of the normals crave a bully.

    1. That’s beautifully put.

  15. “many criticisms of political correctness strike me as ridiculously overblown.”

    I think Robbie is just trolling us.

    1. Sadly, many of the younger writers seem to have absorbed, at a bone-deep level, too many of the premises of the proggy/SJW movement. Its a blind spot – they just can’t help but grant their premises and assumptions.

      Rather than believing that PC is just penny-ante authoritarianism that constantly seeks to enlist the State in jackbooting their enemies, they think PC is just “tolerance” (which is a Good Thing) taken a little too far sometimes.

      1. If it goes a little too far sometimes, at least it helps start a conversation on problematic issues.
        (did I do that right ?)

        1. Right, problems like drugs, and terrorism, and illegal immigration. Which everyone is affected by, regardless of political affiliation. (How’m I doing?)

      2. They are great people RC. They are really cool and they mean well. It is just that a few bad apples get out of hand sometimes. Its a problem sure but not nearly as big of a problem as the right wing over reaction to it.

        This seems to be the attitude that most of the writers have towards PC.

    2. But Robby, at least, gets his own meme. How many other Reason editors get a meme? Huh?

      1. I can think of at least three current or former Reasonites rocking their own memes.

        The Jacket.

        Virginia, who has two.

        Lucy, but we don’t talk about her.

      2. Wait, when did Robby say Shakespeare wrote in the Dark Ages? That’s like Ezra Klein level historical understanding.

  16. America must err on the side of security during a dangerous war on terror

    Ted Nugent is a low-life coward

      1. Who’s that fat guy in the picture?

    1. I hope he catches Cat Scratch Fever. Makes some nice bows, though.

  17. Yes, the only good thing that may come from this fiasco is a blow to political correctness.

  18. “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” -Emma Goldman.1869 ? 1940.

    Elections are “an advance auction of stolen goods.” H.L. Mencken

    Bottom line: It really makes no difference which clown gets elected, the deep state will carry on exactly as before.

    In other words:” New boss same as the old boss” as Pete Townsend once said.

    Or, “Dream On”?:

    “……In your dream, Donald Trump is not a fraud,
    In your dream, Sanders is not a fraud,
    In your dream, all the rest are not frauds,
    In your dream, Obama is not a fraud,
    In your dream, Reagan was not a fraud,
    In your dream, all the rest were not frauds,

    In your dream, the constitution was not a scam,
    In your dream, the Supreme court is not a scam,
    In your dream, 9/11 was not a scam”
    In your dreams, the war on terror is not a scam,
    In your dream, al -qaeda was not a scam,
    In your dream I.S.I.S. is not a scam”

    Lyrics excerpted from “Dreams [Anarchist Blues]”:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMXtoUtXrTU

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  19. As I’ve written previously, many criticisms of political correctness strike me as ridiculously overblown.

    I wouldn’t expect a Progressitarian to be particularly concerned about the power of Progressives to close the Overton Window to any threats to Progressive Power.

    But Trump succeeded in prying open the Overton Window on mass immigration, and when the Progressives went after him with their usual shrieks of Racist! Racist! Racist!, he told them to fuck off, and he survived. The Progressive Theocracy is the #1 enemy of freedom, and political correctness is their most powerful weapon because it disarms all opposition. Pushing back against political correctness is to take the first step toward freedom.

    By the way, if The Hair had been paying attention at all to Trump supporters, he would have known 6 month’s ago that Trump’s AntiPC stand is one of the top reasons people support him, instead of having to wait for a Newsweek article about celebrities who support Trump.

  20. I just replace “not politically correct” with “says dumb shit” and it makes the Trump movement so much more fun to me.

    I am totally in favor of being allowed to say dumb shit without being arrested, and it’s great that no one’s arresting Trump or trampling his freedoms for the dumb shit he says.

    But personally, there are better metrics for deciding my vote than “his volume of dumb shit is the greatest of all candidates”.

    1. Taking a more quantitative approach, Glide? I like it.

      Now, we just need a metric for dumb shit. The “trump” leaps to mind as a name, but how do we measure the amount of dumb shit per trump?

      When Hillary says “You mean, like, with a cloth” is that one trump? A tenth of a trump? or several trumps?

      1. How about a dozen or so?

  21. If politically correct meant correct there wouldn’t be different words. The danger in basing politics or anything else on PC is that it’s basing it on incorrect premises. You just can’t add up the wrong numbers to get right answers.

  22. Your vote for / or against Trump doesn’t mean shit anymore.
    If you are sick of Washington, register third Party. You can still vote for anyone – even though your vote doesn’t mean squat . . . believe it, your registration will be noted — even by Carl Rove.

  23. I wish I were more surprised that the American voters were less likely to pick the worst candidates on both sides.

    My first Axiom is borne out…

    Axion 1: The one thing of which there is no shortage in the known universe… is human stupidity.

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  26. To those people who think that political correctness has run amok; does any of them catch Comedy Central by any chance. Geez, I mean its not like shows like South Park and Tosh.0 exist or anything. Hell, even Family Guy, and that $hit comes on broadcast. Cause to me it looks like the un-PC voices are doing just fine.

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