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Why I’m not surprised at Donald Trump’s popularity

I remember laughing when I first heard about Donald Trump’s bid for presidency.

I remember thinking, “Wow; that misogynist thinks he can win in 2016?”

Apparently he can, and national polls show that if he stays as popular as he is now, there’s a scary chance Donald Trump will be our next president. Yes, there are many who question Trump’s tactics and whether or not he can keep the polls in his favor until it comes time for us to cast our votes, but there’s no denying that this billionaire is relating to more people than a progressive like me would like to see.

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A part of this concept of political correctness is that one should not make offensive comments/jokes about others. In other words, it’s how you would act and speak if your momma raised you correctly. It goes along nicely with the “if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all” rule. Nothing new here.

Unfortunately, some people think political correctness equates to over sensitivity, as opposed to seeing it as what’s respectful when addressing others and their traditions/cultures. Inflating the male ego, on the other hand, comes as a reaction to the movement of free women from societal chains that have made women second class citizens in many countries, and in the best scenarios, bound by a glass ceiling. The breaking of these chains have come at the expense of men who’ve long benefited from keeping women down, thus the newly fueled sexist sentiments we see online and in the media.

However, Trump, a strong opponent of political correctness, makes it very clear that he plans to stay “honest,” a trait many of us look for in a politician. His so called honesty reveals what others might be thinking but too scared to say in fear of being ostracized, and for good reason. Trump’s honesty includes extremely sexist and racist comments. His “anti-PC” attitude targets people of color, immigrants, minorities and women. Although I would like to think that those hate-filled sentiments are nearing extinction in this day and age, Trump’s popularity has proved otherwise. It’s as if those who back Trump have been waiting for the opportune moment to unleash their backward views onto the world. It is time for us to question why so many support a candidate that justifies comparing women to animals by saying he doesn’t have time for political correctness. The fact that polls favor a candidate who has said it would be “pretty” to see a woman on her knees, making an obvious sexual and insinuation, is of great concern to those of us who would like to see the world progress.

But this concern comes with little surprise. If you delve into the Twitter world, you will see Trump’s sexism and racism to be the norm for many on social media. Not only that, but many of us have faced this exact kind of sexism and racism in real life. The Black Lives Matter movement has come under attack since its inception by racists who believe there’s no need for such a movement. Feminists have also constantly been under attack for their anti-misogynist values.  Movements that have called for equality, respect, justice and self-love have unfortunately always been attacked by the establishment and those who benefit from it; mainly those whose race, gender, religion and sexuality have provided them with privilege after privilege in their societies.

If anything, it should surprise us if those who benefit from privilege DON’T support Trump and his bid for presidency. It’s not that he’s an honest candidate; his anti-political correctness isn’t what I consider honesty, but his commitment to bigoted views that have made him relatable to like minded Americans. Neither sexism nor racism are new to America, but, see, we are now taught at a young age to be “accepting” of others. Unfortunately, this approach to eradicating hatred has failed and instead has worked on concealing those sentiments. This is why Trump is seen as a hero to those who have concealed their racism and misogyny.