Today’s paragraphs come to us from Brendan O’Neill, who writes for London’s Spectator.
Here, from his latest column (and in classic “Britishese”) is why Donald Trump rather than Hillary Clinton will be reciting the oath of office on January 20th:
If you want to know why Trump won, just look at the response to his winning. The lofty contempt for ‘low information’ Americans. The barely concealed disgust for the rednecks and cretins of ‘flyover’ America who are apparently racist and misogynistic and homophobic. The haughty sneering at the vulgar, moneyed American political system and how it has allowed a wealthy candidate to poison the little people’s mushy, malleable minds. The suggestion that American women, more than 40 per cent of whom are thought to have voted for Trump, suffer from internalised misogyny: that is, they don’t know their own minds, the poor dears. The hysterical, borderline apocalyptic claims that the world is now infernally screwed because ‘our candidate’, the good, pure person, didn’t get in.
This response to Trump’s victory reveals why Trump was victorious. Because those who do politics these days — the political establishment, the media, the academy, the celeb set — are so contemptuous of ordinary people, so hateful of the herd, so convinced that the mass of society cannot be trusted to make political decisions, and now those ordinary people have given their response to such top-down sneering and prejudice.
Brendan O’Neill wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for getting it right in a way some people, particularly among our mainstream media, never will.
All I can say, in my best Brooklyn-and-Queens patois, is “Yep, effin’ A. That’s why Trump schlonged her”.