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MAGA has picked their new minority to hate on, according to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie (Emphasis theirs):
After an hour of Trump delivering many familiar hits…Trump turned his attention to a newer obsession.
“No teacher should ever be allowed to teach transgender to our children without parental consent,” he said, just as some of the MAGA faithful started to trickle out. “Can you imagine?”
Yup. Just like when Chimpy McStagger went after gay people in the 2004 election, Hair Füror is going after another sexual minority. No doubt Hair Füror saw that Gregg Abbott upped the stakes in Texas by ordering investigations of families with transkids, potentially putting the kids in the foster care system and the parents in jail for child abuse.
On the perimeter of the arena, some attendees headed for their cars stopped and began listening again on an outside monitor. Trump briefly got distracted when he caught a glimpse of himself on a video screen and noticed his hair was thinning in the back.
But he then returned to the subject.
“We will save our kids and we will also keep men the hell out of women’s sports. Is that OK?” he said, using what’s become a common GOP refrain. He continued with an animated tale about a female swimmer about to start a race who turned and noticed a new opponent, a “huge person who was a guy recently.”
Trump paused for effect and then reflected on the fraught nature of his commentary. “See? I’m politically correct, I said ‘recently,’ They can’t get me,” he said. “You have to be very careful, this is a hornet’s nest.”
He continued. He said the trans woman set a new record that would stand until “some guy comes along and breaks it again.” He pantomimed his way through a story mocking trans women in weightlifting competitions. He imagined himself as a women’s basketball team coach recruiting players, such as LEBRON JAMES: “Did you ever have any thoughts, LeBron, about one day becoming a woman?”
He congratulated himself. “Everybody’s afraid of not being politically correct,” he said. “I’m the only one that talks about it.”
Several paragraphs later, to their credit, Politico does a wee bit of analysis:
Trump is like a standup comedian. He uses rallies, especially in the offseason, to work on material. He tests the reaction among his diehard fans and watches the mainstream media’s coverage. He then rewrites the lines, calibrating them for maximum effect inside the arena and minimal blowback outside of it. You can tell he believes he’s onto something with his mocking of trans people.
Hair Füror doesn’t lead the cult, he follows it. He sees what they react to, and then he adapts to it. Remember how quickly he dropped pressing them to get COVID vaccines once he got boo’ed? This is the same dynamic, only this time he got their approval.
There is a cynical strategy at work here. Targeting marginalized groups for ridicule forces more responsible actors to stand up for them. As Democrats have learned, Trump’s goal is to get them to spend their time outraged and defending the targets of his attacks rather than talking about their own message.
Sadly, it looks like the strategy is going to be to vilify transgender people to get the base excited and so he’s going to unleash the MAGA bigots against them. That is cynical and dangerous. Transpeople are disproportionally victims of hate crimes and abuse, and it is only going to get worse if Hair Füror sets loose his orcs on them.
This dynamic creates a built-in political advantage to any party that no longer sees it as taboo to scapegoat certain groups. Trump, of course, knows this and he has found a new target for 2022 — and perhaps beyond.
It’s going to be ugly (again).