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The Trump Model: Gain Political Power through Abusive, Violent Rhetoric
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos exhibits the Trump model by his attack on a transgender student in a campus speech. The media loves it, repeats it, and Trump is elected by it. Obnoxious & hateful
By Ed Knudson
The text below was written by the staff at Media Matters. I include it here to make a point about how it is that right wing political actors are able to attract so much attention to themselves, gain media coverage, and thus gain political power for themselves. It is the method used by Trump, the use of lies and violent rhetoric against opponents. We have a media for whom this is impossible to ignore, it gave extreme amounts of free time to Trump and put his lies and attacks in headlines to gain viewers and sell papers.
Winning this way, I believe, makes Trump illegitimate, he did not win fair and square, he is an obnoxious liar and put himself outside the realm of civil political discourse in this country. He broke so many rules of civil discourse that he should be thrown out of the game, which, I believe, will actually happen at some point.
In the text below, notice how Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos, targets a transgender person and severely mocks him publicly. This is on a college campus in Minnesota, the state where I grew up. This performance is so obnoxious to me I cannot find words to adequately express my disgust. But you should know that Trump's most senior advisor in the White House, Steve Bannon, was the editor at Breitbart and Trump sees Breitbart and his kind of news outlet, furthering the "Alt-Right" political philosophy.
Yiannopoulos justifies himself and his hysterical rhetoric by claiming he is himself a gay half-Jew who is Catholic and likes non-white sexual partners, as if this "identity" is consistent with hateful and abusive talk. But he is neither Jewish nor Catholic in the best of those ethical traditions, he is a self-seeking bad, little Trump boy trying to make a lot of money for himself and cozy himself up with the Trump team who also seem to like this kind of talk. If your talk does not reflect your identity then you are an impostor.
I believe that the mainline church denominations, in fact, all Christian congregations who say they follow the way of Jesus Christ, must begin to explicitly organize themselves over-against Donald Trump and his administration. This is now beyond normal partisan politics. It has become a matter of basic Christian faith and ethics. Evangelical Christians should be ashamed of themselves for voting for such a terrible candidate.
Gay and lesbian human beings are created in the image of God just as are all other human beings. To speak this way, to speak in such a mocking and violent manner, against a transgender student made in the image of God is an attack on all other people as well. We can no longer allow people who speak this way to be able to gain positions of power and authority in our society.
Here is the article:
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos continued to attack a transgender student from the University of Wisconsin during his December 15 talk at Minnesota State University.
On December 13, Yiannopoulos spoke at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UMW), where he used the opportunity to openly mock and harass a transgender student that was recently enrolled at the school. As detailed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Yiannopoulos “named and showed a picture of the student to his audience.” Yiannopoulos proceeded to attack the student’s physical appearance, using an anti-transgender slur and adding, “The way you know he's failed is I can still bang him."
The student, who was in the audience but reportedly unrecognized, later described the experience of being “frozen in total terror” that Yiannopoulos would cause someone in the audience to “incite the mob of the room against me.” The Breitbart livestream of Yiannopoulos’ talk included a “trigger cam” that targeted individual audience members with the crosshairs of a telescopic gun sight. The personal attacks on the student prompted UMW chancellor to send a campuswide email in which he strongly condemned “the belittling of others and their appearance, and the encouragement of hate and harassment.”
In a December 15 appearance at Minnesota State University, Yiannopoulos reiterated his attacks on the trans student, claiming to be a “second wave feminist icon”:
Here is the text of the video:
I’ve become a feminist icon. Do you want to know why? So at my previous date at UW Wisconsin, I happen to put on the screen, the image, a picture of a nice young man who think he’s a lady and used the law -- because of course progressives always when they don’t get what they want or want to get in somewhere that they don’t belong, invoke the great patriarchal force known as the government -- to try to get into the women’s locker rooms. This young man was desperate for a bit of tit and minge.While on tour, he has encouraged University of Delaware students to mock transgender people and at West Virginia University called women “cunts.” In July, Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter for what the organization described as "participating in or inciting targeted abuse of individuals." The ban was widely understood as a reaction to the harassment campaign Yiannopoulos led against African-American actress Leslie Jones. Yiannopoulos is known for openly mocking and harassing people. He is a champion of the "alt-right," a coalition of white supremacists and misogynists who have consistently used online platforms to organize harassment.
Yiannopoulos’ brand of outright harassment against individual students has no place in the marketplace of ideas. Join Media Matters in asking colleges to stop letting Yiannopoulos harass their students.
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