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‘Trumpmania’ Defeats Political Correctness

It was a flat-out defeat for political correctness. A triumph for conservatism. One more indication that the anti-political correctness tidal wave gains steam.

And — according to Democrats — in Kentucky this was a victory by proxy for Donald Trump.

For all those Establishment GOP types — not to mention the Establishment at large and their boosters in the media — the results of the Kentucky governor’s race, Virginia state senate races, the Houston “discrimination” ordinance — not to mention the defeat of San Francisco’s Sanctuary City sheriff — have come as a shock.

Left to their own devices, Americans in four different states have given a decided thumbs down to politically correct ideas that men using women’s bathroom was a “civil right,” that Tea Partier Matt Bevin’s unabashed Christianity, support for social issues, and opposition to Obamacare was a loser, that gun control in Virginia was a winner. And again, don’t forget the sheriff out there in San Francisco who was a defiant supporter of Sanctuary Cities — and is now the about-to-be ex-sheriff.

But listen to this from the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, Elisabeth Pearson, in her statement on the Matt Bevin defeat of Democrat Attorney General Jack Conway in the Kentucky governor’s race:  

Attorney General Jack Conway ran a strong campaign focused on the issues that matter to Kentuckians: good schools, good-paying jobs and economic opportunity. Unfortunately, he ran into the unexpected headwinds of Trump-mania, losing to an outsider candidate in the year of the outsider.

They are a flat-out victory for conservatism. But especially they are a complete wipe out for political correctness. A signal — make that another signal — of just why Donald Trump and Ben Carson, both arch opponents of political correctness — are dominating the polls. Only last night Fox News released their newest poll with Trump on top, followed by Carson, Cruz and Rubio — all of them critics of political correctness. 

Yet note well this story from Kentucky Public Radio during the course of the Kentucky campaign:

Republican Governors Association Stops Airing Bevin Ads 

It reads in part:

The Republican Governors Association’s decision to stop airing ads for Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin may fuel perceptions that his campaign is struggling about a month before Election Day, a political observer says.

The political action committee’s move on Monday came two days before the release of a much-anticipated Bluegrass Poll. This summer, the Bluegrass Poll showed Democrat Jack Conway with a slight lead over Bevin.

Eventually, the RGA climbed back on the Bevin bandwagon. But why did they get off in the first place? Doubtless for a reason connected to the mindset displayed in this story from Cincinnati.com — the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website headquartered in Kentucky’s neighboring Ohio city. Headline:

Some Republicans abandoning Matt Bevin

The resentment between tea party and establishment groups in the Republican Party could help the Democrats retain the governor’s seat

The story reads in part:

Some prominent Northern Kentucky Republicans have told The Enquirer they support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway.

The bitterness among many Republicans against the tea party, which has challenged many in leadership recent years, might catch up to Republican candidate Matt Bevin, often seen as an outsider candidate who has heavy tea party support.

In particular, Bevin’s nasty primary challenge of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014 has left a sour taste in the mouths of some Republicans. They believe the lack of support for Bevin in his own party could allow Conway to win, despite Conway having to deal with President Barack Obama’s unpopularity in the state.

“I think the chickens are coming home to roost,” said Alexandria Republican Mike Combs, who has given $250 to Conway’s campaign. “They made it such a personal attack in so many ways.”

It’s not just resentment over the tea party. Combs, a former Alexandria School Board member, said Bevin’s support of school vouchers, which Combs opposes, also played a role in his decision to support Conway.

Some Republicans see tea party candidates as hard to work with. “I feel like Conway will work with us and help us,” said Northern Kentucky Republican donor and developer Bill Butler told the Enquirer he supports Conway. New campaign finance reports filed Thursday showed Butler gave Conway $1,000.

The story goes on, right on down to the local Chamber of Commerce guy who is a registered Republican and held a fundraiser for Democrat Conway. It is utterly typical of just what has gone wrong with the Establishment GOP and why they consistently lose presidential elections and have created the latest uproar in the U.S. House that wound up with Speaker Boehner’s resignation. Is it any wonder that Mark Levin had Bevin on his show months ago when it counted, spotlighting the usual Establishment takedown attempt with a conservative?

At bottom, all of these story lines connect. The elections on Tuesday, the far-left nuttiness that decides men sharing a public bathroom with women is suddenly a civil rights issue, the idea that Matt Bevin is some sort of crazy person because he has conservative positions on social issues and does not shrink from his Christianity, the Establishment Republicans of Kentucky abandoning Bevin for his liberal Democrat opponent, the idea of a sheriff — any sheriff anywhere — thinking the very idea of allowing criminal illegals to have the run of his city? All are part and parcel of the same animal.

Political correctness is running wild in America, and its enablers — like those Establishment Republicans who are embarrassed about standing up for the oldest and best of American values and simple, basic common sense — are every where. They are on college campuses — especially are they there. They want to shut down this or that talk radio host when not wanting to silence Fox News. As full disclosure requires, I am a commentator over at CNN. And out of the blue CNN’s Don Lemon makes the most basic common sense observation of that South Carolina dust-up between a school security official and a high school student, where a cell phone video shows the kid being dragged from her desk. Lemon simply observed that it would be helpful to know what happened before the camera rolled — i.e., what are all the facts. For this most common sensical observation — journalism 101- Lemon is suddenly pilloried, targeted by a petition screeching:

Remove Don Lemon from CNN

And why has this jewel of politically correct idiocy gathered X number of thousands of signatures? Because Lemon is guilty of “victim blaming.” It goes on — and on — with a rant that says of the African-American Mr. Lemon: 

Don Lemon is guilty of many accounts of attempting to portray Black people in a negative light in times of racially motivated injustice.

Right. Oh please. Again, via the CNN connection I have met Don Lemon only through an on-air appearance on his show, where, it should be noted, he grilled me quite fairly on the subject of the day. To suggest he is some sort of anti-black bigot is utterly bizarre — yet in fact this treatment of Lemon is merely one more indication of the tyrannical nature of political correctness.

And into this moment walks Donald Trump, introduced at his announcement speech by daughter Ivanka who says of her Dad that he is not politically correct. Into this moment walks Ben Carson, who stands in front of President Obama a couple years back at that prayer breakfast and specifically calls out political correctness. Ditto Ted Cruz.

Taken all together — and there isn’t room on the Internet for a listing of this political correctness disease in all its manifestations — there is a reason why “Trumpmania” elected Matt Bevin. There is a reason why Tuesday’s elections have turned out the way they have. Beyond the standard issues of the economy or national security, political correctness has emerged as a hot button issue touching Americans in all walks of life. Safe to say, they are sick of it. Say again, sick of it.

And as the elections in Kentucky, Houston, Virginia, and San Francisco indicate, Americans are now voting accordingly.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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