Skip to comments.Never Trumpers Check Their White Privilege
Posted on 01/02/2018 5:33:34 AM PST by SJackson
Neoconservative pundit Max Boot made a very important announcement last week: hes checking his white privilege.
In a column for Foreign Policy, Boot said he reconsidered his past disdain for the concept of white male privilege, thanks in large part to the rise of Donald Trump.
[I]t has become impossible for me to deny the reality of discrimination, harassment, even violence that people of color and women continue to experience in modern-day America from a power structure that remains for the most part in the hands of straight, white males. People like me, in other words, Boot writes. Whether I realize it or not, I have benefitted from my skin color and my gender and those of a different gender or sexuality or skin color have suffered because of it.
The foreign policy hawk argues Trumps racist campaign for the White House laid bare these supposed facts and revealed that racism and xenophobia are more widespread than I had previously realized.
Boot also believes that misogyny is another whole problem and now finds himself agreeing with radical feminists that we live under an oppressive patriarchy.
He ends his column with a claim that hes a moderate on the issue of white male privilege and insists he doesnt want to zealously regulate microaggressions he just now believes racism and sexism are far worse problems than political correctness.
Boots column was greeted with a great deal of mockery by conservatives. As Tucker Carlson, who famously humiliated Boot on his Fox News show in 2017, put it, Max Boot will say anything if they just let him invade Iran.
Carlsons underlying point and that of many conservatives who laughed at Boots sudden acceptance of white privilege is that its a cynical appeasement to the neoconservatives new left-wing allies.
Boot is one of the lucky number of anti-Trump conservatives who have found strange new respect from liberals. Along with The Washington Posts Jennifer Rubin, annoying former presidential candidate Evan McMullin and a few others, Boot receives praise and MSNBC hits from his former opponents on the Left who love his shrill denunciations of Trump. (RELATED: GOP Leaders Calling Their Voters Racist Wont Win Elections)
But that strange new respect from the Left for these ardent Never Trumpers has led many of their old conservative friends to hold them in contempt. The vast majority of the conservative movement opposed Trump during the Republican primary and still skeptically viewed the future president when he was the Republican nominee.
However, two different sets of Trump-skeptical conservatives have emerged since he has become president: those who try to remain neutral on the president and those who oppose his every move.
Both sides accuse each other of being disloyal to conservative principles and selling out. Prior to Boots embrace of white privilege drawing ridicule from Trumpists and Trump skeptical conservatives alike, the two sides of Never Trump were in a war of words just the week before.
At first glance, it looked like writers slap fighting over whose stance on Trump is the bravest, but the battle revealed much about conservatisms current state.
It all started with National Review Online editor Charles Cooke writing a devastating critique of Jennifer Rubin. Cookes essential argument is that The Washington Posts token conservative has ditched many of her old stances in adopting vicious opposition to Trump as her guiding principle.
From moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to the Iran deal, Rubin has dramatically changed her opinions to be more consistent in hating Trump, according to Cooke, who was a fervent Trump critic throughout the election. In the opinion of the National Review writer, this blind hatred makes Rubin awfully similar to the Trump supporters who love everything the president does.
That critique drew a bitter response from The Atlantics David Frum, a staunch Never Trumper. Frum accused National Review of selling out on its principles by not attacking the president vigorously enough and lionized his own sides supposed courage in endlessly denouncing the president.
It is very silly for Frum and his cohorts to claim theyre incredibly brave for taking a stand that has earned them much praise among liberals (something desired by all respectable conservatives), numerous TV hits, lucrative speaking gigs and tens of thousands of new fans on social media.
Most of these Never Trumpers work for outlets that dont cater to conservatives, so there is zero risk to their employment in constantly criticizing the president.
However, Frum did bring up a salient point in his article. He admitted that Trump was forcing the ardent Never Trumpers into positions they wouldnt have taken in the past, while at the same time also changing those conservatives who are willing to defend the president.
Conservatism is what conservatives think, say, and do. As conservatives changeas much through the harsh fact of death and birth as by the fluctuations of opinionso does what it means to be a conservative, The Atlantic conservative writes.
Thats a sharp contrast in thought from National Reviews Cooke, who insists conservatism can survive the Trump years without any fundamental change. Frum believes conservatism is becoming more Trumpist, while Cooke argues otherwise.
The hardcore Never Trumpers have the edge in this argument. Trump is not a blip whose departure will inaugurate the return of Bush-era conservatism. Trumpism has already left a permanent mark on conservatism.
This explains why folks like Max Boot now embrace the idea of white privilege, a ridiculous concept in the eyes of the conservative base. The strident Never Trumpers know there is no place for them in contemporary conservatism thats why they move closer to the Left.
As long as liberals will support America being the worlds policeman, these ex-conservatives will be happy with their new coalition partners.
All they have to do is check their white privilege.
In an opinion piece for Foreign Policy in September 2017, Max Boot outlines his views thus(ly): I am socially liberal: I am pro-LGBTQ rights, pro-abortion rights, pro-immigration.IOW, a liberal. Can we retire the pseudoterm neoconservative once and for all now?
The world is full of people who claim to be conservative or who are designated conservatives by the media. Max Boot is such a fraud: I would sooner vote for Josef Stalin than I would vote for Donald Trump. Pro-LGBTQ rights, pro-abortion rights, pro-immigration. What is he conservative about?
Show me a white neighborhood where blacks are afraid to venture, much less walk the streets. If people look at strangers with distrust in most areas, you can hardly blame them. I live in the country (many Hispanics and a few black families) and we are suspicious of people driving slowly on the roads (someone tried to steal my travel trailer while my wife was home. They abandoned it in the road after damaging the hitch). But we don’t call the police, or assault them.
When I went to Chicago for a week of training, the black instructor warned us not to venture into certain black neighborhoods. I took a wrong turn one afternoon and ended up driving down the street of one of these neighborhoods. Everyone stopped what they were doing and stared at me with angry looks. Needless to say, I drove out the way I had come very quickly.
To describe Max Boot and his ilk “conservative” is the height of Orwellian cynicism.
The Psychology of Self-Flagellation by Self-Loathing Whites
1. “Guilt” (I believe all races and cultures are equal, so why is mine more successful and dominant?)
2. I deserve to suffer. (Why oh why couldn’t I have been born black or brown or poor and stupid!)
3. Suffering will make me a better person. (I must drag myself down to assuage my guilt and make me feel equal.)
4. Im supposed to suffer. (Even if I have to do it to myself.)
I think most Neocons are libs who want some cover for warmongering and internationalism.
Max Boot....whoever this moron is...needs a boot up his a$$.
NOTICE to the ding a lings. Everyone in this country has the right to study hard, get an education, work hard, save money and make something out of themselves.
thanks to the principles of straight white males like the founding fathers, women and minorities have a higher benefit to suffering ratio here than anywhere else on earth
Definitely internationalistic in outlook, and with the purpose of weakening the US military on behalf of these other countries, especially the EU elites.
There has been a 30 year bipartisan plan to steal the country from the citizens by importing foreigners.
They are trying to make sure we are not allowed to elect anyone else who sides with the citizens and the rule of law again.
We stunned them throwing out their Majority Leader, Eric Cantor.
Trump had the wealth and fame to punch through the Bush blockade at the RNC.
They will make sure that mistake does not happen again.
The final amnesty that would cement the Bush Plan for North Mexico (aka USA) into place has been sought repeatedly since 2006. They sold us Rubio to get the last one in 2013.
We have been prevented from electing anyone who would side with US and the rule of law by their control of the RNC and state parties.
The most important thing to the Uniparty is protecting the demographic changes they have made to the country against the will of the citizens.
Thats what drives the NeverTrump, the media and the Democrats hatred of Trump, it is an extension of their hatred of US.
What all the people mentioned in the article have in common is that they support the open borders/amnesty agenda of the Bush League Republicans.
Nothing else matters except protecting the demographic changes they have made to the country against the will of the citizens.
Last year I was in the Chicago area helping to set up a collaboration effort between several organizations. At the end of a meeting, we were advised not to drive down certain streets.
I don’t understand why this is tolerated.
“Show me a white neighborhood where blacks are afraid to venture, much less walk the streets. “
There are lots of places like that in America.
(Real nice places to live, but don’t tell anyone about them.)
Just look for a place with very good schools, very low(non-existent) violent crime, no government offices, no public transportation, 2nd amendment friendly.
Curtis would use a descriptive like “Outer-WhiteLandia”
Why don't you kill yourself, then?
Now we just need for folks like the black congress critters, Jesse Jack...., Al Charleton and the blm folks to check their #racist card privilege.
“IOW, a liberal.”
The first word that came to mind was F.A.G.
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