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Trump and Clinton Genders Reversed
This piece out of NYU is absolutely fascinating. They had a female actor play Trump and a male one play Clinton in a reenactment of excerpts from the debates.
I love the honesty that these very liberal academics display. They expected to see the female Trump come off as less acceptable and the male Clinton to be more impressive. The opposite happened.
I don’t want to add too much to the piece, which is very thorough and insightful, but one thing struck me: the myth of sexism in actual daily life. The idea that it is more acceptable in 21st Century America for a man to condescend to and dismiss a woman the way Hillary did Trump as a matter of course in the debates.
These liberals saw what a lot of us saw: the eloquence of Trump’s simple message and the unlikability of Hillary Clinton. It seems like a lot of these liberals just admired Hillary for reasons of identity and liberal politics. This liberal cohort was never large enough to get an electoral college majority. Enjoy this piece and think about what it means. Comments are welcome.Published in Culture, Politics
If I read this correctly, and with apologies to the Rolling Stones (and others), ‘it was the song, not the singer.’
That suggests that those who voted for Clinton were tone deaf.
I don’t know. I was taken aback by Skyler’s comment but I don’t like watching Trump speak.
I think he’s good at rhetoric but his delivery is kinda annoying. His SOTU was phenomenal for him. He likely excels in one on one conversations than interviews and speeches.
I hadn’t read that article, it’s interesting to see my personal observations backed up by research.
This isn’t the ‘democrat’ you’re looking for ….
It has been to me. I think Trump figured out his natural allies, the Democrats, had rejected him irrevocably. My fear was that he would get in office and try to appease them, and maybe he would have, if they weren’t having a four-alarm meltdown. In doing that, they showed him he would never be accepted, so he went right.
I sold his ability to learn and adjust short. I hope to be corrected in my opinion of him again and again.
You’re not the first to put forth this theory. How ironic would it be if the very thing that turned a lot of us off, his thin skin and narcissism, turned out to be the thing that pushed him rightward and thus to pleasantly surprise us.
It would be Milton Friedman’s theory come true:
Ha. I didn’t know that. He was apparently of the same school as John Nance Garner, VP under FDR, who described the Vice Presidency as “not worth a bucket of warm piss.”
I remembered this quotation from Milton Friedman recently but could not recall the source? What was it?
The funny thing is, the pattern for any Republican seems to be to start with appeasement as a first step. The one we worried about the most turns out to have done it the least, at least thus far.
Exactly, drill baby drill, pipelines galore, beefing up the nukes, sending Marines and Army Rangers into Syria. What about this administration is pro-Russia? The Obama/Clinton policy was to start out conciliatory and then feign toughness. Trump’s policy is to whisper sweet words while grabbing Putin by the ****s. No, I’m sorry, critics, he’s not going to tell you what his plan is.
At this point I think even the left knows the Russia thing isn’t going anywhere. They cling to it because otherwise they’d have to admit that he actually won.
I almost hope they keep it up. It’ll give us an excuse to get Hillary’s deleted emails from the NSA. It will also keep the pro-Russia charade alive long enough for us to kick Russia out of the Middle East and drown Putin in cheap oil. Trump needs to show the world what “smart power” is.
Well, the smart ones may realize it, but those two guys don’t have a lot of pull with their party.