According to David Frum of The Atlantic, Donald Trump is not seeking the job you think he is.
“As community cohesion weakens, moral norms change,” wrote Frum in a long essay detailing the oh-so-terrifying implications of the 2016 elections. “What would have been unacceptable behavior in a more homogenous national community becomes tolerable when a formerly ascendant group sees itself at risk from aggressive new claims by new competitors. Trump is running not to be president of all Americans, but to be the clan leader of white Americans.”
Frum makes the argument that Trump’s rise is a sign that certain “guardrails” have fallen away from our democracy, one of which is a “deep belief in tolerance and non-discrimination for Americans of all faiths, creeds, and origins.” He claims that an explosion in the country’s ethnic diversity has whites running scared.
“Those white Americans who respond to his message hear his abusive comments, not as evidence of his unfitness for office, but as proof of his commitment to their tribe,” he writes.
The frustrating part is that Frum is right. Well, he’s right insofar as he credits Trump’s rise to a loss of national community. But instead of recognizing the real issues that have torn this country apart, he furthers the very nonsense that is at the root of much of it. Ethnic diversity isn’t the problem; turning ethnic diversity into some kind of noble goal is the problem.
You would hardly know it, but the idea that more diversity is “good” is just an opinion. It’s a value judgment. It’s not based on facts, it’s not based on history, and it sure as hell is not based on science. In fact, Frum himself admits as much. To make his claim about the weakening of community cohesion, he references a Northwestern University study that concluded: “Rather than ushering in a more tolerant future, the increasing diversity of the nation may instead yield intergroup hostility.”
But saying diversity is “bad” is just another opinion. It’s just another story. Another narrative. There are probably some Trump supporters who would love an all-white nation, just as there are probably some Obama supporters who would love just the opposite. And despite what many might say, there’s nothing “wrong” about that desire either. Morally wrong, perhaps. But it’s not factually wrong. It can’t be. It’s a preference.
But see, these aren’t the conversational rules we’re living under. In America today, diversity IS right and homogeneity (at least for whites) IS wrong. Anyone with a difference of opinion is automatically vilified as a racist.
This isn’t a veiled argument in favor of white nationalism or anything like that. This isn’t even about race. This is about how the liberal media distorts the truth. When you identify so strongly with an opinion that you start treating it like a fact, it makes for a very distorted view of the world. Nowhere is this more obvious than in criticism of Trump. His detractors don’t “disagree” with his proposals; they “know” them to be evil and morally wrong. Therefore, logically, his supporters are evil as well.
Liberal media types hate Trump for all kinds of different reasons, but the biggest one is this: He’s proven, to their great dismay and alarm, that millions of Americans have rejected their “facts.”