WaPo has a piece on “Why Trump may be winning the war on ‘political correctness’“:
In the 2016 Republican presidential primary season, “political correctness” has become the all-purpose enemy. The candidates have suggested that it is the explanation for seemingly every threat that confronts the country: terrorism, illegal immigration, an economic recovery that is leaving many behind, to name just a few…
I wholeheartedly agree with this appraisal. The root cause of The Cathedral’s inability (and I, of course, include GOP, Inc in the term ‘The Cathedral’) to directly address the most pressing problems facing this country — illegal immigration, Muslim immigration, anti-white BLM sentiment, etc. — is the strictures and self-censoring dynamic of Political Correctness.
“Driving powerful sentiments underground is not the same as expunging them,” said William A. Galston, a Brookings Institution scholar who advised President Bill Clinton. “What we’re learning from Trump is that a lot of people have been biting their lips, but not changing their minds.”
One thing is clear: Trump is channeling a very mainstream frustration.
Again, I wholeheartedly agree with that appraisal.
In an October poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University, 68 percent agreed with the proposition that “a big problem this country has is being politically correct.”
It was a sentiment felt strongly across the political spectrum, by 62 percent of Democrats, 68 percent of independents and 81 percent of Republicans. Among whites, 72 percent said they felt that way, but so did 61 percent of nonwhites…
62% of Democrats and 68% of Jellyfish™… That is quite significant, and demonstrates a giant opportunity for the right political candidate and party.
The explosion of P.C. absurdities (e.g., ‘microaggressions’, ‘safe spaces’) are themselves logical entailments of the doctrine’s fundamental axioms. At its core, P.C. is simply socially-sanctioned, anti-white sentiment. Given this trajectory, it is inevitable that P.C. will implode, jump the shark, pop its balloon, pick your analogy.
Few would argue that it is wrong to confront and eliminate prejudice. But even some liberals have called political correctness a form of McCarthyism aimed at stifling free expression.
See the JAPCAT phenomena of the past couple years.
Trump has brought the question from the university quad to the political arena in a way that no leading candidate has in the past.
Yes, he certainly has.