‘It’s resistance against what San Francisco has been’

Conor Friedersdorf posted a conversation between him and a young Trump supporter. Although the man cites the debt, lowering taxes, “reduction to or an end to affirmative action,” and other points of obsession on the right, the young man also supports birth control access, universal health care, and LGBT rights. Now he sounds like a wannabe libertarian indistinguishable from the table of handsome men and women tabling at my uni library lobby. But these points pale in intensity beside the real reason for his support: “It’s resistance against what San Francisco has been, and what I see the country becoming, in the form of ultra-PC culture.”

Here’s why he can’t endorse Hillary Clinton:

This is a war over how dialogue in America will be shaped. If Hillary wins, we’re going to see a further tightening of PC culture. But if Trump wins? If Trump wins, we will have a president that overwhelmingly rejects PC rhetoric. Even better, we will show that more than half the country rejects this insane PC regime. If Trump wins, I will personally feel a major burden relieved, and I will feel much more comfortable stating my more right-wing views without fearing total ostracism and shame. Because of this, no matter what Trump says or does, I will keep supporting him.

An example of the PC culture incarnated by San Francisco that Trump wants to shatter into a thousand pieces:

Do you think Hillary looks presidential?” Trump asked the crowd. “I don’t think so.”

He then teased out his feelings about Clinton’s voice.

“I’m not going to say it,” he said. “I refuse to say that I cannot stand her screaming into the microphone all the time.”

He said that he had to turn off the television on Thursday night when he heard Clinton speaking because he “just couldn’t stand it,” though he did not specify what he was watching.

Friedersdorf’s boy-man wants a culture in which these sentiments can be expressed without fear of ridicule and exile. He laments the collapse of his liberty to be an asshole. When this gay rights supporter says that Barack Obama has exacerbated “PC-ness,” I have to question his attitude towards our first black president; I need reasons not to think he’s not another smiling racist who thinks he isn’t because he thinks Jim Crow was abhorrent. The sense of aggrievement hits young men the hardest: just as their golden adolescence of dick jokes and casual slurs about women yellows, along comes these people on Facebook who ostracize them.

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