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How Political Correctness Caused College Students to Cheer for Trump

Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos as anti-leftist provocateurs.

TrumpDonald Trump and Milo YiannopoulosSurely, there's no place less likely to become the site of an impromptu Trump rally than a college campus. And yet, at a recent Rutgers University event, throngs of students erupted into cheers of "Trump! Trump! Trump!"

Would many of them cast a vote for Trump in a GOP primary? Probably not. For these students, Trump is not the leader of a political movement, but rather, a countercultural icon. To chant his name is to strike a blow against the ruling class on campus—the czars of political correctness—who are every bit as imperious and loathsome to them as the D.C.-GOP establishment is to the working class folks who see Trump as their champion.

That might not be much comfort for the numerous people on the right and left—myself and most of my colleagues included—who consider Trump a narcissistic, fearmongering authoritarian peddling a destructive, fascistic policy agenda. But what if his supporters aren't actually applauding his agenda: what if they're merely applauding the audaciousness of his performance?

"Trump's becoming an icon of irreverent resistance to political correctness," Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart, told me. "It's why people like him."

Even some people on campus.

'A Mark of Privilege'

College students and Trump supporters have at least something in common: Both groups are plagued by legitimate economic anxieties—middle-class job losses and burdensome loan debt, for example. But the argument can certainly be made that these concerns are trumped (pardon the pun) by cultural issues, at least as evidenced by the priorities of both groups. And when it comes to the culture wars, they are on opposite sides.

The masses of people who show up at rallies for Trump—and have propelled him to Republican frontrunner status—are thought to be uneducated, coarse, and intolerant of immigrants. College students, on the other hand, are so tolerant their tolerance is borderline oppressive. Trump's backers despise the political correctness of liberal elites: Students think liberal elites are closet reactionaries who disdain leftist goals and refuse to nominate black actors and actresses for Oscars. The two groups might possess a shared distrust of social progress—Trump people, because it's happening too quickly, and student protesters, because it's not happening quickly enough—but they are on opposite ends of that fight, and virtually all others.

So why did a bunch of millennials break into an impromptu Trump cheer at Rutgers? To be clear, this was a pre-sorted group of non-liberals: conservative and libertarian students affiliated with the campus's Young Americans for Liberty chapter. The occasion was a visit from Breitbart's Yiannopoulos, a social media celebrity associated with the GamerGate and online anti-feminist movements.

Yianopoulos, a British writer and conservative provocateur who revels in controversy, is currently travelling to college campuses across America. He calls it his "Dangerous Faggot Tour." No, Yiannopoulos isn't disparaging gays (though he wouldn't care if they were upset): he is gay himself, a fact to which he makes frequent (and X-rated) references. Subverting expectations is part of Yiannopoulos's shtick: he aims to create a safe space—if it can be called that—for students to express their views, even if those views are vile and offensive. His goal isn't to persuade—it's to shock critics who thought nobody had the nerve to say such things out loud.

Yiannopolous's talk at Rutgers hit on many familiar themes—the evils of feminism, the hypocrisy of Black Lives Matter—and inspired a predictable protest. Several student protesters--a distinct minority of the event's nearly 500 participants—stood up part way through the debate. "This man represents hatred," said one woman, who smeared fake blood—red paint—over her face. The protesters eventually broke into a chant of "Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!" Their outbursts interrupted Yiannopolous and temporarily prevented him from continuing.

In an interview with Reason, Yiannopoulos derided these protesters as privileged hypocrites who weren't interested in an actual exchange of ideas.

"It's certainly a mark of privilege, being able to spray yourself, other people at the talk, and the venue, in red paint and not have to worry about the poor janitor who is going to have to clean it up, who was of course black," said Yiannopoulos.

It was these outbursts that inspired the Trump counter-cheer. Yiannopolous's fans in the audience eventually succeeded in drowning out the cries of "Black Lives Matter!" with their own cries of "Trump!"

Matthew Boyer, a Rutgers student, leader of its YAL chapter, and organizer of the event, told Reason that the people chanting "Trump," were "individuals who have been railing against political correctness" and identify with "Trump's recent actions as part of the anti-PC movement."

The crowd at Rutgers—and at Yiannopolos's other appearances—certainly suggests that some students are sick to death of the liberal orthodoxies being drilled into them during every waking moment of their time in school. What if millions of Americans feel the same way?

'Despise Them and Their Culture'

"Nobody votes for Trump or likes Trump on the basis of policy positions," Yiannopoulos told me. "That's a misunderstanding of what the Trump phenomenon is."

Yiannopoulos, who affectionately (and with clear intention to troll) refers to Trump as "daddy," clearly understands something about the phenomenon that mainstream journalists are now only beginning to grasp in the wake of Trump's decisive South Carolina victory.

It's something perhaps best summed up by The American Conservative's Rod Dreher, who was inspired by my article about American University's plans to establish social justice training in its dormitories. In response, Dreher wrote:

This has a lot to do with why people support Trump. They know that the academic elites despise them and their culture, and are going to try to educate their children into hating themselves and their culture. Can Trump stop AU or any other university from doing this? Of course not, and we would not want to live in a country where POTUS has that kind of power. But a vote for Trump is a vote against the class that's doing this p.c. indoctrination. They know that Trump doesn't give a rat's rear end about p.c. — and they love that about him. Shoot, when I read the Robby Soave piece, my knee-jerk response was, "Give 'em hell, Trump!" ...

Again: this is not a justification for voting Trump. But if you think that the various establishments in this country aren't working in your interests, and indeed may be working against your interests (as in the Orwellian AU program, in which students indebt themselves to the tune of over $40,000 per year to be educated into why they should despise themselves or others along racial and cultural lines), this is all fuel for the, "Screw it, I'm voting Trump" bonfire.

The AU example is just one of many. Think of the Oberlin College students who assailed the (likely lower-income, less-well-educated) cafeteria staff for failing to prepare ethnically appropriate dishes. Think of the Yale University students who lashed out at administrators for failing to shelter them from insensitive Halloween costumes. Think of the Northwestern University students who claimed victim status because they weren't chosen for solos in a burlesque performance. Think of Melissa Click.

There is ample anecdotal evidence to support the idea—right or wrong—that college campuses are more repressive and ideologically-stifling than ever, and that students are suffering because of it. Consider a recent news story about the mental anguish of Brown University's far-left student activists:

"There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on," said David, an undergraduate whose name has been changed to preserve anonymity. Throughout the year, he has worked to confront issues of racism and diversity on campus.

His role as a student activist has taken a toll on his mental, physical and emotional health. "My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I'm on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. (Counseling and Psychological Services) counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay," he said.

This student and his compatriots sound like they just survived something like a mass shooting. But nothing of the sort occurred. The most traumatic event at Brown in recent months, according to the story, was the publication of a racially problematic column. Brown's student activists are enduring sleeplessness, panic attacks, andß suicidal thoughts because of it.

As Dreher noted, if you believe this sort of thing is as common on campus as it appears to be, and it infuriates you, and a candidate comes along who rails against the cult of political correctness—not just on campus, but everywhere—well, maybe you cheer for him.

'Feminism is Cancer'

If colorful characters like Trump and Yiannopoulos are leading an anti-PC movement, some independent-minded students are copying their tactics.

At the University of Michigan on Tuesday, Yiannopoulos is scheduled to debate Julie Bindel, a feminist whose controversial views on transgender issues has made her an enemy of the left as well. The two were previously banned from a University of Manchester debate (the subject, ironically, was censorship), but will receive a warm welcome from UM's conservative and libertarian students. Tuesday's debate will focus on feminism and free speech, and is sponsored by the campus's alternative student newspaper, The Michigan Review.

To promote the event, Review editors Omar Mahmood and Hunter Swogger filmed themselves asking random students whether they would rather give their children feminism or cancer—a nod to Yiannopoulos, who once polled his Twitter followers on the same question.

Even the most dedicated anti-feminists don't actually believe feminism is worse than cancer (presumably). And Swogger and Mahmood deliberately eschewed seriousness in their presentation of the question. But that's beside the point.

"The reason we asked the question is because it is so absurd that we were sure to elicit reactions," Swogger told me.

Elicit they did.

"I don't appreciate humor at the expense of other people," said one student in the video.

It was an unsurprising reaction.

"The video was just to promote our event and to have fun, but it shows exactly how humorless these people are," said Swogger, who describes himself as "passionately libertarian."

More surprising was Facebook's response. Swogger tried to advertise the video on the social media platform, but received a message from Facebook administrators that the video violates their policies.

"We don't allow ads that refer to the viewer's attributes (ex: race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, name)," according to the policy.

But it's not clear to me how the video actually breaks that rule. It's not clear to Swogger, either.

"The only grounds to ban our advertising on are ideological or sensitivity," said Swogger.

This would not be the first time, of course, that non-leftist read ideological retaliation into a social media platform's decision to suppress content. Yiannopoulos himself made such a charge after Twitter stripped him of his verified status for unspecified policy violations (the "feminism is cancer" tweet may have had something to do with it). Just last week, Twitter banned Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and notorious anti-feminist. The reasons are unclear, but it's impossible to ignore the fact that Twitter recently created a "Trust and Safety" council for the purpose of policing hate speech and harassment on the platform. The council doesn't include any prominent free speech supporters, but it does include anti-GamerGate leader Anita Sarkeesian—of whom McCain was frequently critical.

The inescapable conclusion for many on the right is that they are unfairly policed—not because they are behaving badly, but because they don't articulate the correct views.

'A Wonderful Spectacle'

Given all that, it's no wonder non-leftists think media corporations are against them. Media members are against them, too. And so are colleges.

Cheering on the likes of Trump and Yiannopoulos might just be one way for them to cope with that perceived reality. Trump's naysayers claim—with good reason—that his candidacy is a disaster for the Republican Party: his election to the presidency would destroy the country. But that's a selling point for his supporters—not because they love destruction, but because they're suffering under the status quo, too. At least with Trump, they can enjoy the show and collect some small measure of vengeance against their PC overlords.

One person who is definitely having a good time is Yiannopoulos. He doesn't mind that protesters scream at him wherever he goes—in fact, he welcomes it. He enjoys it.

"The whole thing was pandemonium," Yiannopoulos told me, recalling the Rutgers event. "But a wonderful spectacle."

Pandemonium, but a wonderful spectacle. Would anyone deny that the same could be said of the 2016 GOP presidential race?

You know who to thank for that.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "Nobody votes for Trump or likes Trump on the basis of policy positions," Yiannopoulos told me. "That's a misunderstanding of what the Trump phenomenon is."

    No one voted for the current one based on policy, either. (Which is good, since juuuuuuust about everything said on the campaign trail was tossed out the window once his addy changed to 1600 Penn.) And that worked out well enough, right?

  • GILMORE™||

    "Nobody votes for Trump or likes Trump on the basis of policy positions,"

    No one voted for the current one based on policy, either.

    No one else in the media seems to have recognized this about Trump (or rather, his supporters) at all. Its a sign of their own obliviousness to their own personality-worship.

    Milo not only recognizes it, he's built his own career around the same basic idea.

  • johnthomson242||

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  • Quixote||

    "I don't appreciate humor at the expense of other people," said one student in the video.

    But that's exactly the point, Robby. You know that satire is not an excuse. Asserting that feminism is worse than cancer, albeit not (yet) a crime, is just as unacceptable as sending out "Gmail confessions" in the "name" of a distinguished academic department chairman. And yes, even if the content of those confessions is true: because, as you are well aware, neither good faith nor truth is a defense. See the documentation of America's leading criminal "satire" case at:

    http://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

    and see the continuing legislative efforts to eradicate this sort of unacceptable speech from our society at:

    http://tinyurl.com/senate-troll-bill

    I don't see the libertarian "movement" complaining about this piece of legislation, and for good reason: doing so would not serve the cause of that popular tendency. Face up to it: there are forms of speech that we really don't like, and we will do what it takes to suppress them, regardless of any offensive "First Amendment dissent" by a liberal judge. Learn what is there in front of you, and learn to let it in.

  • johnthomson242||

    The iPhone 7 will run Apple’s next-generation A10 mobile chipset and, if previous versions are anything to go by, it should be an alarmingly powerful chipset. Apple’s A8 and A9 chipsets dominated the mobile space in 2014/15 showcasing just what was possible with processing power when you have complete control over specs, hardware and software.

    For more details please visit ...... http://todaytechspot.com/

  • UnCivilServant||

    In that side by side image Milo with his hair bleached looks like a younger, gayer Donald.

  • Untermensch||

    When I'm around most campus liberals, this is what I think of (link goes to Corky's "bite my pillow" speech from Waiting for Guffman).

  • colorblindkid||

    Milo would get a boner reading that, the weirdo.

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    The virtue signaling is little heavy around Reason lately.
    To save time and bandwidth, I'd suggest that you mark your doorpost with the blood of a lamb to keep the Angel of Cosmo Correctness from descending on you, but you'd need a vegan alternative.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Red paint, as per the anti-intellectuals

  • Princess Trigger||

    I'm pretty sure it has to be actual menstrual blood.
    Fake blood is for posers.

  • UnCivilServant||

    But, where would reason get any? there are no libertarian women.

  • Princess Trigger||

    Maybe the blood of orphans?

  • SugarFree||

    Your orphans are virgins?

    /omwc

  • Mab||

    Really? There are NO libertarian women... Ha! That´s a good one. I must be an oddity.

  • ||

    No, if you are a woman, you can be anything you want to be! Even male, at the same time. Says New York City.

  • Mance Spooner||

    Because...libertarian...moment?

  • UnCivilServant||

    You missed it, sorry.

  • SugarFree||

    Yes. There is no libertarian moment. Joke's on us for thinking things might be getting better. Please, just smash a grapefruit in our face and laugh. You win. GOP and DNC forever. Happy now?

  • Mance Spooner||

    You win. GOP and DNC forever.

    You mistake me for someone else, I think.

  • JWW||

    It's not the libertarian moment, it's the totalitarian moment, and it's here with a vengeance.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Eh, the last totalitarian moment was the tragedy, this one is the farce.

  • MSimon||

    farse?

  • SugarFree||

    I think that this is an accurate way to look at the Trump frenzy. Unfortunately, some people have to pitch him as some sort of serious candidate that must be defended at all costs. "He says what I'm thinking!" If this is true, get your brain checked.

    If it's just about sticking a thumb in the other guy's eye, don't get your panties in a twist when other people point that out. It makes you sound like a cry baby.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    WHERE MY COUNTRY GONE?!

  • UnCivilServant||

    Three miles down the road, take a left

  • Rich||

    "I don't appreciate humor at the expense of other people," said one student

    , causing the audience to break into uproarious laughter.

  • UnCivilServant||

    So all humor should be at the expense of this one student then?

  • ||

    I would love to hear what this kid thinks is a funny joke.

    On further thought, maybe not.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Nothing, it is a humorless git.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

  • UnCivilServant||

    "How Dare You! It's misogynist to think that because there's a lightbulb out in their house that it's a woman's job to change it!"

    /feminist response.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Just one. She stands with the bulb in the slot and waits for the world to revolve around her.

  • UnCivilServant||

    Wrong, she guilts the nearest beta 'ally' into chaing it for her.

  • Roger the Shrubber||

    'Show your support for feminism by changing this light bulb for me.'

  • WTF||

    Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: "That's not funny!"

  • UnCivilServant||

    Ah, the school of feminist humor where "punchline" is a reference to domestic battery.

  • Kevin Sorbos Manful Locks||

    There's a lot of AAA material there.

  • Cloudbuster||

    Your use of the term "punchline" is triggering. Why won't Reason ban monsters like you?

  • WTF||

    None, true feminists don't screw anything, as it is always rape.

  • UnCivilServant||

    But, if it were lightbulb rape, wouldn't there be more blood and obvious injuries?

    /UVA

  • JWatts||

    And broken glass. You forgot the broken glass.

  • ||

    The real question is how did they get into that lightbulb in the first place.

  • UnCivilServant||

    The same way they get into everything else - an army of strawmen, the feminist wormhole and government mandates.

  • ||

    Screwing and lightbulbs are both tools of the Patriarchy and are triggering to the Righthinkist community.

  • ||

    Q: "How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?"
    A: "None. The lightbulb identifies as screwed in."

  • Roger the Shrubber||

    Q: What is orange and sounds like a parrot?
    A: A carrot.

  • Roger the Shrubber||

    It's funny because it's true.

  • UnCivilServant||

    My carrots are green.

    Maybe I shouldn't have left them sitting for so long...

  • Rich||

    "I don't appreciate humor at the expense of animals."

  • UnCivilServant||

    Oh, then we should stop the feminist jokes I guess.

  • ||

    I'll have a Coke!

  • True Neutral Paladin||

  • Swiss Servator||

    What is brown and sounds like a bell?

    Dung!

  • ||

    Q: How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: None. They just sit in the dark and bitch.

  • Notorious UGCC||

    By all means annoy the media and reject PC, but I'd think you could do that just as effectively by voting for Cruz as trump.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Conservatives could, but I don't think the hate is necessarily just from conservatives, but from non-elite Democrats and independents tired of being spit on by SJWs and shat on by the Beltway.

  • colorblindkid||

    I do think people underestimate the non-conservative support Trump has, which makes sense since Trump isn't very conservative. I feel like the Democrats are losing white voters at about the same rate as minorities are increasing demographically. For some reason they don't think that's only due to racism and nothing to do with their policies and often outright demonization of 2/3 of the country.

  • colorblindkid||

    Edit: For some reason they think that's only due to racism and has nothing to do with their policies and often outright demonization of 2/3 of the country.

  • WTF||

    Trump stop AU or any other university from doing this? Of course not, and we would not want to live in a country where POTUS has that kind of power.

    Actually, he does have that power, via executive control of the DOE and the federal funding that flows therefrom. This is the source of the anti-male campus witch hunts which orginated with with the DOE's "Dear Colleague" letters.

  • Lord Rollingpin||

    That's a good point. Perhaps the sort of good point that the Reason team should be well aware of.

  • PS||

    I thought of Melissa Click once but I couldn't handle the resultant explosive diarrhea.

  • SusanM||

    No references to Orwell? Robby must have lost his style sheet.

  • John||

    Maybe the macro on his Word program malfunctioned.

  • John||

    The entire right, Libertarian and Conservative alike almost to a man and gal have no balls. If they don't like it when someone they don't like with balls shows up and gets cheered, they have only themselves to blame. It could have been a Libertarian doing what Trump is doing, but no Libertarian seems to have the balls.

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    I had hopes for Rand when he had his filibusters. I really think he is not mean enough to be an effective politician. Trump is mean. Cruz is mean. Obama is a mean asshole, and let's not even bring up the current head of the Clinton crime family.

  • John||

    It would be nice if politics were run like a Victorian debating society. It is, however not. It never has been. Worse, the people on the left are ruthless, incapable of self reflection, and will do or say anything to get more power.

    It is going to take one mean SOB to deal with them. Of all of the sad and disappointing aspects of the right's reaction to Trump, the charge that he is "uncivil" is by far the most pathetic and discrediting one.

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    Cruz 2016

  • Swiss Servator||

    "andß suicidal thoughts"

    I miss the est-sett too, but I shan't kill m'self over it.

  • Illocust||

    "His role as a student activist has taken a toll on his mental, physical and emotional health. "My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I'm on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. (Counseling and Psychological Services) counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay," he said."

    This is what we on the internet call a humble brag. He does soooo much good work and is soooo important that the deans of the school are personally worried about his mental health.

    School Deans and professors need training on how to handle students who play up their victimhood for attention. A dean should not be encouraging this behavior by directly contacting the student having the public break down. Counseling services should be the only ones making such calls, with an emphasis that this is something they do for all students. They care about your well being, but being one of their patients doesn't make you special.

  • ||

    Who do you think created those students?

  • Illocust||

    Oh, I know the deans are responsible, but if I was on their board hearing statements like what this student gave would be grounds for firing the idiots. With student loan how they are it's near impossible to not make money, so there wouldn't be a concern about finding a replacement that doesn't encourage students to protest the institution every two seconds.

  • BigT||

    Whining student: "Dean, I'm having medical and mental issues due to my devotion to protesting oppression and promoting social justice. Can you help?"

    Dean: "Wanna save Mom and Dad $40,000? Drop out before you flunk out."

  • Bob K||

    The guys dad probably has a shit ton of money so sucking up to son may get that new building built.

  • colorblindkid||

    I find Trump to be more the fault of the left than the right. Every time the left calls someone with a moderate view a homophobe, racist, or bigot, they drive people to Trump. Referring to everybody against gay marriage as homophobic bigots just a year after Obama changed his mind drives people to Trump. Calling everybody who wants English to be the official language of America racist, when polls have never shown less than 80% of the public supporting that very thing, drives otherwise rational people to Trump. Every time they cancel speakers on campus, they drive people to Trump. Milo is perhaps the only person who's a better troll than Trump right now, another narcissistic idiotic blowhard whom I find entertaining (unlike Trump, who is not entertaining). Milo gets it. Liberals don't. They are instead doubling down on their PC bullshit, and if Trump is elected president it is going to be their fault

  • John||

    Pretty much that. Someone has to stand up and tell these people to go fuck themselves. It is a shame the only person who seems willing to is Trump. As the saying goes however; you go to war with the army you have.

  • block30||

    Also well said!

  • Illocust||

    You're right. The resentment for the absolute ridiculousness that is PC culture has been building for a while. I'm just hoping we've only lost one generation to this bullshit. If we are lucky, their death grip on cultural indoctrination will break sometime in the next five years. The backlash comedically will hopefully make them a laughing stock the generation after them will want no part of.

  • Foo_dd||

    they will come around. as more of them get jobs and deal with reality.

  • JWatts||

    "they will come around. as more of them get jobs and deal with reality."

    Not if Aunt Hillary or Uncle Bernie will just forgive them their student debt and make all college free. Then they can sign up for an advanced degree or two. And put off adulthood for another 10 years.

  • ||

    Hardly. Compare "(un)safe space" and "hostile environment".

  • block30||

    Outstanding post! I'm definitely a Ron/Rand Paul guy, but they aren't going to be President anytime soon. The more extreme the left gets, the less I dislike Trump. Sorry, it's true. The more anyone can sack up and be publicly *non* PC as defined the the left, the more I'm gonna like them. From what I've seen of Cruz, he has had moments of telling certain to toss off, and I like that too.

    My dislike of the left has turned into a hate, as I've seen their tolerance agenda is really an agenda of *in*tolerance. I don't care so much for myself, but out of a revulsion of what they will do for my children's lives.

  • Mab||

    I agree. I actually consider myself as belonging to the Libertarian "Left". As most people with Philosophy majors... however the "Regressive Left" has alienated me. I have supported & like the Pauls, but they don´t have a chance. Hence, I´m sitting on a fence with some popcorn, watching the Trump show and the meltdown of the Melissa Clicks in this world. PC culture indoctrination is more fascist than anything the Don has ever uttered, anyone who deviates into "wrong-think" is a devil spawn - it´s getting ridiculous.

  • Remnant Psyche||

    This is one of the first things I said about Trump's popularity: it's about what he's isn't, not what he is.

    And Milo is assuredly a narcissist and a (self-admitted) troll, but he's also a damn good writer, even if he writes for biased outlets.

  • DarrenM||

    It's so much more gratifying (and easier) to call someone names than to explain why they are wrong. That would require some thinking. Ironically, this is one of the alleged purposes of college.

  • Swiss Servator||

    "his election to the presidency would destroy the country"

    Destroy?

    Wouldn't help the country, to be sure. But we have managed to survive far worse - half the country decided to leave, and the slightly larger half objected - the result - 1 in 6 military aged men in the country ended up dead. Cities destroyed, commerce shattered and the like.

    One term of a blowhard that Congress wouldn't take all that seriously couldn't hurt as much as FDR's long ass raping of freedom with the the enthusiastic applause of the press, Congress and all right thinking people.

  • Illocust||

    I do wonder what exactly the writers on this site think Trump will do differently from other potential candidates besides pissing on the PC brigade every time they bitch. Sure he ain't a libertarian, but neither is Clinton and you don't here the writers saying the country will be destroyed if she is elected. Hell Clinton would be a signal for this generations politicians that felony crimes committed in the open don't matter. That has to be worse than Trump.

  • John||

    I can't figure that out either. Trump is to the left on all of reason's beloved culture war issues. In many ways Trump winning the nomination is the GOP doing what Reason has been telling it to do for decades; stop waging the culture war at the national level.

    Sure Trump is not a libertarian, especially in some of his economic views. Neither are most of the other GOP candidates and Bernie Sanders is a flat out socialists. Yet, they are not shitting their pants over the prospect of any of those people being President.

    Trump seems to illicit some kind of deep adverse reaction among anyone associated with the Washington media, left or right. It is quite interesting to watch.

  • Foo_dd||

    i think the fear is that trump would get Hillary or Bernie elected. his appeal with the GOP base right now will likely not translate to independents. those who look at individual points enough to skip a simple party label are less likely to overlook the brash loud rude arrogant behavior.

  • JWatts||

    "i think the fear is that trump would get Hillary or Bernie elected."

    That would imply that they dislike Hillary and Bernie even more than they dislike Trump. But the articles don't really indicate that at all.

  • BigT||

    Trump seems to illicit some kind of deep adverse reaction among anyone associated with the Washington media, left or right.

    Trump is crude and rude. Those elites do not see themselves as associating with such a person. They fail to see that their policies are damaging, dangerous, and condescending, which are all much worse than being rude or crude. It's all pose - look at me, I wear the right clothes, drive the right car, donate to the right causes, etc. Moralistic preening and posturing.

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    Trump's worst case scenario, Berlusconi with a more mature taste in women. Under Silvio, Italy didn't get much worse, but it didn't get any better.

    I really am not sure he has a taste for power like Clinton. Besides the press would begin to once again afflict the powerful and aid the downtrodden, instead of the reverse which happens during Democrat administrations.

  • John||

    I can see that. Of course Hillary's best case scenario is that she is an American Berlusconi. The other thing people never mention is that Trump would face an especially hostile media where the media would act as Hillary's state run propaganda organ were she elected.

  • Lord Rollingpin||

    'The other thing people never mention is that Trump would face an especially hostile media where the media would act as Hillary's state run propaganda organ were she elected.'

    Any republican president will face an especially hostile media.

  • John||

    True and that is a reason why any Republican, no matter how bad, is likely to do much less damage than Hillary would.

  • Cloudbuster||

    Trump does seem to be the GOP candidate most effective at dealing with a hostile media.

  • Cloudbuster||

    Trump does seem to be the GOP candidate most effective at dealing with a hostile media.

  • DarrenM||

    Milo Yiannapolis for Pres Secretary!

  • Lord Rollingpin||

    Good catch! I'm not sure if this is virtue signalling on Robby's part or if he actually believes it.

  • Robby Soave||

    I would never vote for Hillary Clinton... though I guess you think I'm lying.

  • ant1sthenes||

    That's a pretty dangerous role to play, as vindictive as the SJWs are. Unless the Inquisition is actually backing him, I can't see why he would bother.

  • Eternal Blue Sky||

    "One term of a blowhard that Congress wouldn't take all that seriously"

    I wonder how good of a thing that would actually be. Might cause Congress to actually reign in the powers of the presidency a bit.

  • Free Society||

    If Mr Pen&Phone; didn't get congress to reign in the presidency, nor the Congress of Lincoln, Wilson, FDR et cetera I doubt anyone will. Congress has scarcely seen an expansion of the Presidency they didn't like (when their tribe is in power)

  • LynchPin1477||

    people on the right and left—myself and most of my colleagues included

    Great, cue the chants of "COSMO!!!" in 5, 4, 3, 2...

  • John||

    What would the Left have to do that would cause Robby to stand up and say "this is wrong" without any equivocation? Wherever that line is, what is happening on campus doesn't cross it.

  • Lord Rollingpin||

    Free Minds and Free Markets.
    But not too free, that would be pandemonium!

  • George Washington||

    The problem is, half of reason's write spend half their articles trying to prove to you they're not right wingers instead of just writing on the fucking issue

  • John||

    The inescapable conclusion for many on the right is that they are unfairly policed—not because they are behaving badly, but because they don't articulate the correct views.

    Speaking of now balls, is it too much to expect Robby to just make a call here? What the hell is that trash sentence supposed to mean? Either they are being unfairly picked on or they are not. If Robby can't bring himself to make a judgement about that allegation, what exactly is the purpose of this article?

    Time and again when Robby writes about this subject he writes shit sentences like that where the truth seems obvious but Robby just can't bring himself to believe his lying eyes and just say it. So he says "some would conclude..." It is fucking pathetic.

    And it is not about bias. If Robby thinks the conservatives are wrong, he should say it and explain why. Make a judgement and bring something to the table.

  • Mainer2||

    He could take a lesson from Charles C. W. Cooke.

  • Robby Soave||

    Because I honestly don't know whether they're right? it's not just me, Popehat's Ken White has repeatedly said the same thing.

  • John||

    You don't even have an opinion on it? I am not saying you have to write it in fire on a tablet. How about you say "I think" or "It appears they have a point, but..."

    You know as well as I do what a sorry excuse for writing the whole "some say..." dodge is. All I am asking for is your honest assessment of the issue. That doesn't necessarily require you giving a definitive answer and leave no room for doubt. But it requires more than "some say.." That is just a dodge.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Some people like to work with facts rather than circumstantial evidence.

  • mtrueman||

    "That is just a dodge."

    I often agree with some of what you write but rarely, if ever, I've read a comment of yours I agree with entirely. It's temperate and plainly put as well.

  • Lord Rollingpin||

    'Pandemonium, but a wonderful spectacle. Would anyone deny that the same could be said of the 2016 GOP presidential race?'
    Anyone who knew what 'Pandemonium' meant?

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  • Marshall Gill||

    the argument can certainly be made that these concerns are trumped (pardon the pun) by cultural issues

    The culture wars trump economic concerns? Because those conservatives just won't let it go?

  • Suell||

    One of the great joys of a Trump presidency would be the pants shitting of the leftists and the media. The levels of pc bullshit have reached a tipping point and, for better or worse, he is the one pushing it in the other direction. I don't have any illusions he would be great for Liberty, but I imagine he wouldn't be nearly as awful as the Hilldog. It probably colors my view that I live in progressatopia and so my seat is front row to the millions of salty ham tears that will surely accompany a Trump win. I would prefer Cruz, as he would elicit much the same response, while being likely better on some Liberty issues.

  • colorblindkid||

    The day Obama, who was elected opposing gay marriage and changed his mind only 2 years earlier, lit up the White House in rainbow colors was one of the biggest recent turning points in American history where trolling became a legitimate form of politics.

  • regularidiot||

    Didn't read the article, and just wanted to say fuck Milo.

  • Social Justice is neither||

    What you do in your bedroom is really none of our business.

  • Cloudbuster||

    Leave your phone number and maybe he'll take you up on the offer.

  • colorblindkid||

    Depends on if he's black or not.

  • DarrenM||

    That could be corrected temporarily. It's probably not really a showstopper.

  • GILMORE™||

    ""Trump's naysayers claim—with good reason—that his candidacy is a disaster for the Republican Party:....

    I understand that people "say this". Why Robby thinks they say this with 'good reason' is confusing.

    The people who say this the loudest are either =
    - "not republican"
    - or are old-guard, establishment D.C. media hacks whose lives rely entirely on the status quo order.

    Many people who *are* Republicans hear of this "destruction" and nod their heads with glee. "Let it burn". Because the thing being 'destroyed' no longer represents their interests, in their view.

    And its destruction the party is understood as 'losing nothing'. Because "the party" was just a means of aggregating different interest groups, all of whom still exist and wield power of their own.

    People don't support Trump 'despite' the fact he'd destroy 'the party'. They support him *because* he'll destroy the GOP. As for "destroying the country"... well one would have to ask what exactly that means in context.

    out of control debt? eroding civil liberties? Economic stagnation? Thanks, we've already had plenty of that lately. Suggesting that there's something far, far worse promised by this bumbling real-estate tycoon doesn't actually resonate with the average person.

  • George Washington||

    Yeah, and I think a lot of people also see trump as an enemy of my enemy is my friend kind of position. I know a lot of people who would typically describe themselves as constitutional conservatives who support him because they believe "pc culture" needs to be annihilated. They pretty much see restoring Liberty as a lost cause until the war is won. I personally agree with them on this part.

  • Free Society||

    Think of Melissa Click.

    Who should totally keep her job in a journalism department in order to learn journalism or something.

  • mtrueman||

    "Even the most dedicated anti-feminists don't actually believe feminism is worse than cancer"

    I'll believe that when Bobby gets around to interviewing the good folks who make up ISIS.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Certainly they would view feminism as a more easily solved problem.

  • mtrueman||

    They are solving it now.

  • MarioSmario||

    For every action there's an equal and opposite reaction. Under Obama's regime we've swung so far to the left it's inevitable we'd swing equally far to the right.

  • mtrueman||

    "Under Obama's regime we've swung so far to the left it's inevitable we'd swing equally far to the right."

    Who's we? Personally, I don't think I've swung in either direction. Not saying that's a good or bad thing. Obama himself, he doesn't 'swing' so much as 'is swung' and mostly by those with the most money and influence.

  • MarioSmario||

    The United States doesn't have a history of swing voting? Let's see, in my lifetime there was Carter, then Reagan, then Bush (1 term), then Clinton, then Bush, then Obama.... Seems to be a pattern there.

  • mtrueman||

    "Seems to be a pattern there."

    The pattern evident here is that they are all a much of a muchness. You remember Carter? How about the Carter Doctrine. All of his successors have followed it. None have repudiated it. That's not swinging.

  • True Neutral Paladin||

    Great article!


    I've been telling people for months that the Left created the Trump phenomenon by letting its own crazies run wild instead of helping corral them. This seems to be happening in some parts of Europe, too. Some unsavory groups are gaining influence because people are sick and tired of out-of-control left-wing bullshit and ready to embrace anyone who will stand against it.

  • MarioSmario||

    Exactly.

  • John B. Egan||

    "How Political Correctness Caused College Students to Cheer for Trump" ... Kids cheered for Trump and that instantly means that it's a strike against political correctness? I don't get the logic....In fact, there is no logical connection. If the fact that kids cheered out of anti-PC feelings, then explain this:

    - "There was no shortage of college students cheering at the Bernie Sanders rally at Amherst"
    - "Vocal UNH students cheer on Bernie... - Seacoastonline.com"
    -"Why did Liberty U bring in Bernie Sanders? So the STUDENTS COULD CHEER."

    By the author's logic, because they cheered, Bernie must be anti-PC? Uhhhhhh.... I don't think so. It just goes to show that not all college kids don't think, not that they really have any perspective on life.

  • buybuydandavis||

    "Nobody votes for Trump or likes Trump on the basis of policy positions," Yiannopoulos told me. "That's a misunderstanding of what the Trump phenomenon is."

    Wrong.

    Trump's winning policy issues all follow a similar theme - US foreign relations should be in the interests of US citizens, whether immigration, trade, or war.

    Trump's anti PC cred was built on two immigration issue - Mexican and Muslim. The Progressive Theocracy apoplectic, came after him, and he told them to go fuck themselves. And Trump has won and won and won ever since.

  • mtrueman||

    "Trump's anti PC cred..."

    Trump is a lot more PC than you give him credit for. On a debate show he praised an organization for its contribution to Women's Health, a more PC cause is hard to imagine.

    You are right about a more nationalist tilt.

  • YankeeLiberty||

    "We will put a man on the moon before I leave office." No policy to do it, though.
    "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." No policy in place.

    That's how leadership works. Policy wonks can figure out the details.

  • MarioSmario||

    If Trump wins, I'll be looking for those British headlines: "How Can 56 Million People Be So Stupid?!" The same headlines that never materialized after Obama was re-elected. I do miss good old-fashioned european anti-Americanism. We'll see it come back overnight with a Trump victory. That'll be worth it. TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!

  • MSimon||

    his election to the presidency would destroy the country.

    Some people are cheering him on for that very reason.

  • buybuydandavis||

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  • Cristian||

    Can confirm, im a mexican, i hate trump, here in Mexico is almost a matter of national identity to hate him now, but i would chant his name to give those snob little censoring sjws something to cry about.

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    Was it Trump who proposed a restructuring of the Federal Reserve along corporatist lines?

    To ensure the safety and soundness of our banking system, we need to fundamentally restructure the Fed’s governance system to eliminate conflicts of interest. Board members should be nominated by the president and chosen by the Senate. Banking industry executives must no longer be allowed to serve on the Fed’s boards and to handpick its members and staff. Board positions should instead include representatives from all walks of life — including labor, consumers, homeowners, urban residents, farmers and small businesses.
  • Hrr212||

    Maybe a series of opinions are correct. For decades as a truck driver every morning I listened to my friends the complains and the Harry to the different administrations not doing anything for true Americans...such as unemployment,medical ,health,housing,hunger and not able to qualify for help...but most of all how US help other countries with money,military involment and nothing for the true hardworking Americans. This was the big stepping stone for Trump weaning....like on the 30's when Hitler promised to the Germans of a new Germany for the perfect Germans....sounds familiar.

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