Smug Trump ascends the ladder of infamy, as the right, EMBRACING his racist, sexist and piggish comments, push him ever closer to the greatest office in the land.
Donald Trump, at the Republican Party Presidential Candidates Debate, August, 6, 2015 argued:
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t, frankly, have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time, either.”
Trump certainly has been extremely toxic when referring to people coming into the United States from Mexico and in his representations of China, and of women.
“The US has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems,”he said. “[Mexico is] sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and they’re rapists.”
Trump echoes other politicians who also currently demonize immigrants coming from our southern borders. According to Iowa Republican Representative Steve King:
“There are kids that were brought into this country by their parents unknowing they were breaking the law…[and] they weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert….”
Speaking to a crowd during his “Make America Great Again Rally” on August 25, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump delivered a mocking impression of Asian business people in broken English, “They say, ‘We want deal!” to the laughter from his audience. His offensive comment came one day after he stressed that Chinese President Xi Jinping deserves a McDonald’s hamburger rather than a formal White House state dinner during his planned visit to the U.S.
Trump argued that children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants, whom Trump and later Jeb Bush pejoratively referred to as so-called “anchor babies,” should lose their citizenship status. Jeb exclamation mark asserted that “Frankly, it’s more Asian people” than Latino/a people who have these babies.
Trump’s misogynistic comments by now have become infamous. In an interview with Esquire in 1991, he quipped: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive].”
Trump referred to Rosie O’Donnell as a “fat pig” and “animal,” and ranted against her on Entertainment Tonight:
“Rosie O’Donnell is disgusting—both inside and out. If you take a look at her, she’s a slob. How does she even get on television?… If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’ We’re all a little chubby, but Rosie’s just worse than most of us. But it’s not the chubbiness—Rosie is a very unattractive person, both inside and out….”
After Fox Channel reporter Megyn Kelly asked Trump about his negative characterizations of women, Trump called Kelly “a bimbo” in a tweet, and during an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, implied that Kelly was having her period during the debate. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her…wherever….”
On Political Correctness:
Nicolle Wallace, a former spokesperson in the George W. Bush administration, heartedly supports the Bush era CIA agency’s “enhanced interrogation” (a.k.a. torture) techniques on suspected Al-Quaeda operatives. Wallace, a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” defended the policy on the show Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in fiery language.
“The notion that somehow this makes America less great is asinine and dangerous… But the notion that what we do affects terrorists is a lie. It’s a lie perpetrated by political correctness and liberals, and it’s dangerous.”
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas has organized a movement to call the fall holiday season what he believes it really is, the “Christmas Season,” and he asserts that businesses who display “Happy Holidays” greetings are simply stooping to “political correctness.”
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh argues that “Feminism is one of those issues, which has established itself in the political correctness hall of fame. As such, it is not fashionable to take issue with or poke fun at the philosophy, which underlies the movement.” He brands women’s rights activists as “feminazis.” In addition, he asserted that “Political Correctness, PC, is literally the law of the land on many campuses.”
The political Right coined the terms “political correctness,” “politically correct,” and “PC” as pejorative rhetorical ploys to intimidate, discredit, and outright dismiss the statements, policies, and actions of the progressive Left generally, and more specifically, to inhibit anyone from thinking critically and challenging societal inequalities. They did this not only to maintain their own privileged status, but more importantly, to roll back advancements progressives have made to ensure that our nation actually lives up to its promise and potential of becoming “a more perfect union.”
Conservatives originally deployed the terms in the 1990’s as a reactionary backlash to the critical multicultural and social justice educational movements in our schools, and against attempts to promote sensitivity of the numerous cultural traditions that make up the fabric of our nation. These educational movements, with a foundation built on developing and enhancing critical consciousness of self and society, stood and continue to stand as a contradiction to the so-called “neoliberal” era of standardization, corporatization, globalization, privatization, and deregulation of the business, banking, and corporate sectors.
Bostick (quoted in Weinbaum) sums up this reactive stance: “Is anyone else nauseated by the deluge of cultural sensitivity to the exclusion of the majority in the country? The terms ‘multiculturalism,’ [and] ‘diversity’…should be eliminated from our vocabulary.” And Iowa Republican U.S. Representative Steve King refers to “political correctness” as “intellectual fascism.”
Jenkinson investigated instances of censorship and book banning across the U.S., and he found a number of reasons individuals and organizations cited when challenging school and public library-based books and other curricular materials. Among the most-often used justification included: “Any assignments that encourage or teach critical thinking skills.”
A basic tenet in critical multiculturalism and social justice education is social reconstructionist or transformational education in which the educator’s role is to help prepare future citizens to reconstruct society to better serve the interests of all groups of people, and to transform society toward greater equity for all.
Those who automatically throw “political correctness” into the debate, however, often do so because they lack the facts, the specifics, or the nuances of any given topic under discussion. I proudly embrace the acronym “PC,” and I hope that I practice the skill of treating all people with Proper Courtesy. Other than that, I realize when people use the terms “political correctness” or “politically correct” in their arguments, they have lost the debate because they either do not have the facts, or because they simply want to characterize people or entire nations in offensive and hateful terms.