Political conservatives — and the man who’s about to become president of the United States — made a lot of noise blasting what they call “political correctness.”
They griped that liberals hid behind politically correct terms to avoid offending someone. Donald J. Trump essentially blamed political correctness for the shooting at that Orlando, Fla., nightclub where dozens of people died at the hands of a radical Islamic terrorist.
Allow me this brief retort. PCness ain’t the sole province of those on the left. Righties have fallen into the same so-called trap.
I refer to the term “alt-right.” It’s become a common phrase meant to avoid calling what those on the political fringe really represent. They represent racism, white supremacy, neo-Nazis.
I once thought the term originated on the left. I would hear left-leaning commentators using the term. It’s now shifted, as the lefties have wised up to the notion that “alt-right” has become a code for the white supremacists.
Now we hear from conservatives who have glommed on to that term. They certainly won’t identify the white supremacists among their ranks by that name. They will seek a form of refuge behind the politically correct terminology, just as they have accused liberals of doing.
And while we’re at it, let’s not refer to the lies being pushed out there as “fake news.”
Politicians get accused of lying all the time, even when they merely misspeak or say something they might not know to be lies.
This so-called “fake news” is nothing but lies. Those who put these bogus stories out there do so knowing they are lying.
Fake news? Nope. They are lies.
Alt-right? Hardly. It’s a PC version of white supremacy.