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Given how 2017 went, it was only to be expected that 2018 would get even more unhinged. It seems in the Age of Trump, the ends justify the means, and so, we’re seeing a lot of liberals engage in fat shaming, ageism, and mansplaining in order to buttress “The Resistance.”
Yesterday the President’s doctor gave a news conference on the state of the President’s health. It was one of the most detailed and lengthy in the Trump White House’s history, and despite the fact that the doctor, Dr. Ronny Jackson, was Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s as well, many are questioning everything from his findings about the President’s heart health, mental state, and weight. On the latter, the President quickly became the butt of jokes from those who questioned if the President is indeed 239 pounds. The ladies of the View, many of whom are fat-shamed regularly, devoted an entire segment to the “girther movement.”
TRUMP IN “EXCELLENT” HEALTH? Results of Pres. Trump's medical exam sparked a "girther" movement online — people believing the president is shorter and heavier than the stats in the official report. We discuss. pic.twitter.com/PRIvnzbJ5C
— The View (@TheView) January 17, 2018
Fat-shaming: It’s now okay, but only if it’s about Trump.
Over the weekend, the feminist site Babe published what they hoped would be a takedown of actor Aziz Ansari (I wrote about it a few days ago). I wasn’t the only one disturbed by a piece which felt like revenge porn, not an expose. A piece at the New York Times by Bari Weiss (follow her writing) dominated the site for days, and spoke to how universally uncomfortable Americans were with Babe’s attack on Ansari. Huffington Post reported on one broadcaster’s take on the story,
HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield delivered an angry open letter to the unnamed accuser on Monday, saying that the description of events sounded merely like a bad date that the woman could have ended by leaving. Banfield also said that the “reckless” public allegation made by the woman compromised the #MeToo movement to combat sexual misconduct.
“So I have to ask you: What exactly was your beef?” Banfield said. “That you had a bad date with Aziz Ansari? Is that what victimized you to the point of seeking a public conviction and a career-ending sentence against him? Is that what you truly think he deserved for your night out?”
“What you have done, in my opinion, is appalling,” the anchor continued. “You went to the press with a story of a bad date and you have potentially destroyed this man’s career over it.”
In response, the author of the Babe piece, Katie Way, penned a nasty email to Banfield, which read, in part,
“Ashleigh — someone I am certain nobody under the age of 45 has heard of — I hope the 500 retweets on the single news write-up made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, second-wave feminist has-been really relevant for a little while.”
Ageism and shaming a woman over her looks: Also now acceptable.
Over on Capital Hill, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is under fire from the RNC for “mansplaining” to the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. I have long held that mansplaining is actually a thing that men do, and watching the clip of Senator Booker speaking with Secretary Nielsen, that’s indeed what it looked like. Senator Booker responded to questions about mansplaining stating “It’s a little insulting to say that I should be treating Cabinet secretaries one way or another depending upon their gender.” Imagine a Republican Senator doing the same. The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro joked on Twitter
Welcome to the hell you’ve created. Take a seat. It’s nice and warm. https://t.co/kFL3d0DUFD
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 17, 2018
And so, it seems, judging by the silence from the Left who spent the entire day cheering Booker’s display, mansplaining is also alright in 2018, but only if the man is a Democrat and the woman is a Republican.
It’s a lot to keep track of and we’ve been told we shouldn’t even try, because that’s called whataboutism now.