Normalizing Trump (fl. 2015- ) is the process by which the US adjusts to the fact that its president will soon be an openly racist, proto-fascist, right-wing nut,
- where those who were once beyond the pale, like Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions, are now centre-pale;
- where the right-wing nuts of old, like Glenn Beck, now sound like the voice of reason;
- where Republicans are almost all falling behind Trump like sheep;
- where White Evangelical Protestants no longer regard character as an important quality in presidents.
The press is wringing its hands over this – and acting brand new. As if they were not the ones who gave Donald Trump centre stage for over a year, who put him on television coast-to-coast, all day, all night, giving him free media time worth more than McDonald’s entire US advertising budget. Before a single vote was cast, it was the press that put this Looney Tune on the same level as actual, serious Republican governors and senators, on the same level as Hillary Clinton, pushing a false equivalence by their actions if not their words, making a conman seem like an Okay Guy. Only towards the end did they suddenly remember, oh, yeah, journalism, facts, that stuff. It was too little too late.
Journalists are supposed to be, or so I was told by my high school English teacher, Guardians of Democracy. Or something like that. But somewhere they lost their Secret Magic Decoder Rings and became the guardians of a circus. They became the hangers-on of a carnival barker and outright flimflam artist. They noticed his strangely coloured flesh and hair and remarked upon it several times, but that did not wake them up. They wanted so badly to get on the Trump Gravy Train.
CBS Chairman Les Moonves in February 2016 during the state primaries:
“It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”
And it is only going to get worse. In the name of “access” they are going to kiss up to him, go easy on him, all but make him a saint and a Great American in a Great-Again America. I saw this movie before: it was called “Ronald Reagan and the New York Times” (1987).
The euphemisms have already begun:
- “racism” becomes “populism” and “telling it like it is”,
- neo-Nazis become “alt-right”,
- “fake news” becomes “alternative news”,
- “racist Whites” become “the distressed White working class” (sniff),
- “Give racism a chance” becomes “Give Trump a chance”
and so on.
Trump’s rise to power should make crystal clear that the racism of the US in the 1960s did not magically disappear – poof! Instead it was handed down under a thin veneer of political correctness. But because of the White Innocence Project, that Whites and their tap dancers are so blinded by, many will still not see it. They will make all kinds of excuses and deflections. His rise to power is about class or, suddenly, out of the clear blue sky, the TPP – by people who call it the TTP.
– Abagond, 2016.
- “It’s not about racism” – sub-rant
- Donald Trump
- White Evangelical Protestants
- Hillary Clinton
- The press
- fake news