Right now Khmer Rouge cadres — cancel-culture, street-demonstrating, statue-toppling BLM rage junkies — are doing their level best to persuade Average Joe voters to give Orange Plague another term, despite all the evil he’s unleashed over the last three-plus years.
Wokesters have basically gifted Trump with a substantial campaign issue, one that worked for Richard Nixon 52 years ago (“lawnorder”) and which could conceivably gain in traction: “Vote for me and I will protect you from the rude, lawless, whiteside-wearing rabble that wants to trash your storefronts, defund your police departments and teach ‘The 1619 Project‘ in your children’s classrooms.”
While it’s common knowledge that Middle Americans despise p.c. fanatics, I don’t happen to believe that Joe Lunchbucket pays enough attention to the insanity coming out of Left Twitter for this to seriously affect matters. Others, however, feel it might.
Consider a new Ryan Lizza Politico article titled “Americans Tune In To ‘Cancel Culture’ — And Don’t Like What They See.” The results of a Morning Consult poll suggests that hinterlanders share “significant concern” about this.
Excerpt: “Twenty-seven percent of voters said cancel culture had a somewhat positive or very positive impact on society, but almost half (49%) said it had a somewhat negative or very negative impact.
“While online shaming may seem like a major preoccupation for the public if you spend a lot of time on Twitter, only 40% of voters say they have participated in cancel culture and only one in 10 say they participate ‘often.’ It appears to be more of a liberal pursuit: Half of Democrats have shared their dislike of a public figure on social media after they did something objectionable, while only a third of Republicans say they have.
“Age is one of the most reliable predictors of one’s views. Zoomers are the most sympathetic to punishing people or institutions over offensive views, followed closely by Millennials, while GenXers and Baby Boomers have the strongest antipathy towards it. Cancel culture is driven by younger voters. A majority (55%) of voters 18-34 say they have taken part in cancel culture, while only about a third (32%) of voters over 65 say they have joined a social media pile-on.
“The poll also suggests that the public at large is more forgiving than the gladiators on social media. When asked about controversial or offensive statements from public figures, the longer ago the comment was made the less likely it mattered. Fifty-four percent said that a problematic statement made a year ago was likely to ‘completely’ or ‘somewhat’ change their opinion of the person, versus 29% who said it would ‘change a little bit’ or ‘not change at all.’”