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May 12, 2019

Teenage Pricks : Trumpism’s brand of boy power

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Fascism, Gender, Harm, Hate, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 17:43

An explanation of what drives tRump supporters.   It is not economic, it is the feeling that others are getting away with something they can’t get away with.  The vague feeling that they are not in charge or not in as much power as they once were or fell they should be.  It is something most of us have understood about the deplorables but so many just refused to admit. It is fascism, the ability to bully others and get away with it.   It is a power trip, an ego booster.  Hugs 

Teenage Pricks

But Trumpism took the racial resentment that was always the only successful recruiting strategy of the College Republicans and fused it with the only lesson he ever internalized in his elite education: complete irresponsibility is gloriously liberating. What unites Trump’s older base and his small core of young white devotees is the delight they take in watching him get away with it.

Trumpism’s pitch to young white men is thus a stirringly amoral sort of syllogism: we can’t give you anything material, because we stole it all and are hoarding it, but we can create a world in which you can regularly act on your worst impulses and get away with it. Some city kids are coming to town; here’s a way to racially mock them that won’t get us in trouble.

But when Trump said “this is the day we take our country back,” his “we” referred to a group too exclusive to include anyone from Jordan, Minnesota. And that serves, in another sort of brute syllogism of power, as their own license to unleash their own exclusionary rites of race-driven resentments on their own social inferiors without consequences. Boys will be boys, preying on other boys and girls.

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