Don’t allow hate to become normalized
— Last Friday, a few blocks from my house, a long- established, family- style Italian restaurant unknowingly hosted a banquet for a large group of white supremacists. It was just a few blocks from the White and in her House where hundreds of them gathered to hear s p e e c h e s , hate speeches and shout “Hail, Trump!” Many arms she hit stretched out in Hitler- style salutes. Trump inDid President- elect Donald Trump immediately dec e s s a n t l y plore the adulation of such a group, which wants to rid for misogAmerica of all citizens it doesn’t like, namely those who yny. Her are black, Jewish, Hispanic, Muslim, or gay? advantage No, he did not. Instead, he tweeted that the sold- out with women was supposed Broadway play “Hamilton” is overrated ( although he to be a major factor securhasn’t seen it) and that the cast should apologize for ing the election for her. begging Vice President- elect Mike Pence, who was in It was no such thing, and the audience for a recent show, to be fair to all Amerhere is what happened, acicans. Trump also complained in a tweet that it’s not cording to a woman writing fair that he has been ridiculed by the late- night comedy for the left-wing website, show “Saturday Night Live,” which has satirized every Slate. president since Gerald Ford.
Considering that Trump Finally, at a meeting with The New York Times days obviously believes women later, after being asked directly about the admiring supto be “subhuman,” L.V. port for him from white supremacist groups, Trump Anderson tells us, those said he disavows them. women voting for him In a one- week period after Trump won the Electoral were guilty of the followCollege, despite lagging behind Hillary Clinton in the ing: “Self-loathing. Hypocpopular vote by more than 1.7 million votes, hate crimes risy. And, of course, a racin the United States rose 31 percent. That is almost oneist view of the world that third! During that short period, the Southern Poverty privileges white supremacy Law Center said it had more than 700 complaints of inover every other issue.” timidation and violence involving racial hatred.
So there’s part of what There are hundreds of cases of Hispanic and Muslim hurt Clinton with women parents saying their children are terrified they or their — the feminist left’s hatefamilies will be deported when Trump takes office. ful condescension toward It’s one thing to accept what voters have done — elect other women with less Trump to be president. It’s quite another to stand by money and education. and say nothing when the number of hate crimes es
Clinton herself, of calates dramatically, with perpetrators implicitly thinkcourse, referred to millions ing they have been given permission to do this by the of Trump supporters as a incoming president. “basket of deplorables,” ( Trump, appearing on CBS’ “60 Minutes” after his surely understanding she election, merely said about acts of hate, “Don’t do it.” was talking about women, For months, he has been much more impassioned about too. Singers invited on promising to “lock up” Hillary Clinton when he became stage with Clinton made president, a vow he has now realistically abandoned.) trashy references to womInstead of decisively squelching the enthusiasm of en, and a supermodel at a hate groups, Trump has been meeting with his partHollywood music awards ners in his $ 1.5 billion empire in India, asking for an ceremony recently got endexpedited permit for a business he owns in Argentina, less laughter for her ugly suggesting foreign leaders stay in his expensive new mockery of Trump’s wife, hotel in Washington, D. C., ( which they are booking to Melania. avoid offending him), and asking the British not to put
Did all women agree with up a wind farm that might diminish the views from his Clinton that killing viable golf course in Scotland. fetuses — babies — in parAnd he hasn’t even taken office yet. tial-birth abortions was just According to Trump, he is exempt from conflict of inbetween the mother and terest laws. He thinks he can keep an eye on his busiher doctor? No. Although ness empire and run the country. health issues for the mothWe are told daily by his adoring minions that Trump er would be a serious conhas embarked on the formidable task of bringing the sideration for anybody, country together. Really? In what ways? By making a some saw another entity proud apologist for bigotry his most senior adviser? involved, the infant. Being skeptical has nothing to do with being a “sore
They knew that the husloser” or refusing to face reality. It has to do with deband of this candidate, fending our country’s values, even though we have ofwho also mocked Melania ten been far from perfect in doing so. ( Think slavery. Trump during the camThink internment of Japanese- Americans in World War paign,II.)stoodaccusedof doing far worse things to Words have consequences. Trump has for years women than Trump, with spewed words that were hateful, and they terrified half proof in one famous case. the country — but not the whole. Not so incidental were The new bromide is that it is time to “normalize” Hillary Clinton’s corrupTrump. We are all called upon to forgive and forget and tion, her lies, her laxity give the new president our support, resting assured with national security, her that he has all of our interests at heart. But we cannot avoidance of the press, her and must not “normalize” the hate and xenophobia he corporate-donor coziness, has espoused. We cannot relax until we are confident he her empty record and her will not do damage to everything that is most meaningpolitics as usual. ful to us.
Of course, my saying all We must fight back against the frightening rise in of this will also be interhate crimes. We must say something and do something preted by some as sexism, when we are confronted by them. a convenient, ad hominem Remember the words of Irish statesman Edmund escape from other issues. Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of
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