[Rushtalk] "Abnormalizing" Trump

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Tue Apr 10 07:27:31 MDT 2018

/*            While this is a relatively old piece, it nonetheless is 
still quite relevant. I came across it via the Dan Bongino Show:*/

  The ‘Abnormalization’ of Trump

      What media coverage of a military parade tells us about the Left's

Daniel Greenfield <https://www.frontpagemag.com/author/daniel-greenfield>

/Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, 
is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left 
and Islamic terrorism./

President Trump’s proposal for a military parade was met with total and 
absolute hysteria. Just like any and every other proposal that he makes. 
Military parades are a “public demonstration of power is characteristic 
of authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China,” the media screeched.

That must be why we have them every year.

The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. has been an annual 
event since it was revived to honor World War II veterans. But it’s 
subdued compared to other parades across the country which still include 
tanks and other heavy military equipment. We’ve been having military 
parades since 1776.

Jefferson, Lincoln and countless other presidents reviewed them and took 
part in them. And they weren’t just limited to days set aside to honor 
veterans or for the occasional victory celebration.

The military reflects the character of a nation’s government. In 
authoritarian states, military parades represent the repressive power of 
the tyranny. In free nations, they show the power of the people. A tank, 
like a gun, is a tool that is not good or evil. It’s the use that men 
make of it, that makes it so.

We knew that during the Cold War.

President Kennedy’s inaugural parade included 
<https://catalog.archives.gov/id/68082> Pershing, Nike and Hercules 
nuclear missiles 
But he was just topping President Eisenhower who had an M65 Atomic 
along with four companies of tanks and artillery. Truman’s inaugural 
parade had a squadron of B-52 bombers flying  overhead.

If President Trump’s inauguration had shown off a weapon that could 
destroy an entire city, the media would have had a fit. But President 
Kennedy had watched a line of tanks pass in front 
of his reviewing stand in a public demonstration of power characteristic 
of authoritarian regimes like China and Camelot.

The hysteria over the military parade is typical of the 
‘abnormalization’ of President Trump.

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.

When other presidents cut off travel from dangerous countries 
deported illegal aliens or reviewed military parades 
that was normal. But when Trump does it, he’s a tyrant, a dictator and a 

The psychology of abnormalization drives much of the news coverage of 
President Trump.

Everything about President Trump is extraordinary and therefore 
newsworthy. The news cycle is consumed with the pettiest possible 
coverage of him. Abnormalization leaves the media unable to distinguish 
between an important story and an unimportant one. Whether he has two 
scoops of ice cream or plans a military parade, it’s both a huge story 
and a huge outrage. The news is no longer a listing of events, but of 
outrages. The connective tissue between the incontinent stream of random 
Trump bashing on CNN is neither factual nor relevant to anything in our 
lives: it’s outrage.

Abnormalization depends on a very specific form of bias which assumes 
that since President Trump is abnormal, everything he does is also 
abnormal. It’s the social media disease of a progressive media echo 
chamber which is ignorant of history, but carefully cogent of ideology. 
Its members, drawn from the exotic diversity of a handful of Ivy League 
schools and suburban bedroom communities, are vague on any subjects 
outside their cultural purview. And they’ve been politically trained in 
those schools to reframe anything and everything as racist, sexist or 
homophobic at the crack of an ideological whip.

Reality is always being reinvented because how they are told to feel 
about it keeps changing.

These categorizations are often contextual and have nothing to do with 
the content. A book by William Faulkner is bad because he was a white 
man. And too many white men have written books. Trees are racist 
because black people were lynched on them. Being quiet is racist 
because it marginalizes students.

In this children’s game of nonsensical associations, emotional context 
matters, but content doesn’t.

A generation has been taught to toss out the reality of a thing for an 
emotional perspective of how some oppressed person might see it. Truth 
has been replaced by ‘my truth’. And that chain of emotional 
associations makes it fallaciously easy to normalize the abnormal and 
abnormalize the normal.

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 
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KeX5OZr0A4> stretched out over years. 
That’s the #resistance.

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 
and science because truth has become abnormal.

The abnormalization of President Trump retroactively rewrites history. 
The same media that treated McCain as a vile racist and Romney as a new 
low, now celebrates both men as the epitomes of dignity. Judicial 
rulings reflect the same abnormalization as the powers that previous 
presidents held and utilized are retroactively deemed to be off limits. 
Not only history, but legal history, is being rewritten.

Military parades were once a staple of Washington D.C. politics. But now 
they’ve been retroactively abnormalized. As is having two scoops of ice 
cream or anything else that President Trump does.

This is bad for America. But it’s even worse for common sense.

The media and the mindless lefties consuming it have built a senseless 
culture of outrage that is hostile to history and uninterested in the 
truth. Its house of ideological cards is bolstered with fake fact checks.

The more it insists that President Trump is abnormal, the more abnormal 
the left becomes.


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