Lately one of the first things I do each morning is go to Front Page Magazine to see if Daniel Greenfield has a new column.
He is quickly becoming one of my favorite political writers.
And Greenfield’s column from this morning is a good reason why.
The title alone — The ‘Abnormalization’ of Trump — was enough to grab my attention.
And the column is damn good. It is probably the best explanation of Trump Derangement Syndrome I have ever read.
Here’s just a few snippets:
The #resistance has declared that its mission is refusing to ‘normalize’ Trump. That means it won’t accept that he won the election, that he has the right to issue orders or even exist. The violent protests, the marches, the judicial activism and the political sabotage all stem from that refusal to ‘normalize’.
Instead of ‘normalizing’ him, the left has ‘abnormalized’ him as aberrant in every possible way. And the media has built a profitable business model of catering to the radical left by pretending that normal behavior is a shocking outrage. That’s why CNN treated President Trump having 2 scoops of ice cream as a news story. Or why the media was certain that Trump had to be in poor health no matter what a doctor who had been vouched for by top Obama officials told them to their faces.
Abnormalization means that everything that Trump does is extraordinary and bad. Even down to eating ice cream or a cheeseburger. His health must be bad because he is a bad person. Nothing is too petty to be treated as an outrage. Including Melania’s shoes. And everything he does is bad because he did it.
There have been a lot of people trying to get to the nub of the problem with the ResistanceLOL — including myself. But nobody has ever encapsulated the psychosis of it as perfectly as Greenfield does in this column.
Context normalizes. The only way to abnormalize Trump is to reject any and all context.
Nothing existed before Trump. Nothing will exist after him. The left is caught in an endless moment of perpetual struggle, stretched out by the nanosecond pace of Twitter and amplified by endless media discourses, of how extraordinarily bad this moment is. In that moment, the left never grows or learns, it writhes in the hellish agonies of its own hatred at Trump’s continuing unnatural existence.
Imagine 1984’s Two Minutes Hate stretched out over years. That’s the #resistance.
All you have to do is spend five minutes on Twitter reading through the breathless rage and hyperventilating hysteria from the so-called ResistanceLOL to know Greenfield hits the nail on the head.
Abnormalization is at the root of that pain and anger. We can tolerate differences, but the abnormal is a threat to our sense of normalcy. Its existence is an attack on us. Its freakishness must be destroyed for us to resume feeling normal again. The feelings it engenders are deeply tribal and violent.
The abnormalization of Trump doesn’t change him, but it does change those who hate him.
It’s their brains, not his, that adapt to a new way of seeing the world. The constant stream of outrage transforms their nervous systems. The abnormalization of Trump makes the entire world seem aberrant. Paranoia and isolation leads to clustering into virulent organizations that abnormalize them. The conspiracy theories that they clutch are reinforced by irrational echo chambers at odds with reality.
Reality isn’t abnormal. But denying it is.
Denying reality makes you crazy and stupid. It ends with you “collectively yelling at the sky” to protest Trump’s inauguration. Or denying history, medicine and science because truth has become abnormal.
Damn, that is good.
Now do you see why I eagerly await every new Daniel Greenfield column?
Read the whole thing HERE.
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