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Then Why Do I Deplore Them?

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Memo to David Brown: WELL, SORT OF.

I'd like to apologize in advance to the audience for this week's Men's Rights Monday column being mainly an excuse to talk about an election thing I wanted to talk about anyway. But hey, if anyone oughta understand me pretending to be interested in them so that I can get my own needs met, it's the garbage pick-up artists of the Men's Rights Movement.

Because of course, Return Of Kings covered one of the bigger news stories of the weekend, in an article inaccurately titled "Hillary Clinton Calls At Least 20% Of American Voters “Deplorables” For Supporting Trump".

Since we'll be talking about it a lot, let's get Hillary's actual quote up here, since the RoK article doesn't, for obvious reasons. ACTUAL REFERENCE QUOTE TIME!

"You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."

RoK's David Brown is delusional right out of the gate, claiming in his opening clause that "After her failed alt-right speech, which ironically saw her 'extremist' opponent equal and then surpass her in the polls..."

Let's just list everything that's wrong with that. The alt-right speech wasn't a failure. Sarcasm quotes around "extremist" make that word incorrect. The tightening of the polls wasn't caused by or even that close in time to the alt-right speech, it hasn't led to Trump equalling or surpassing her overall. And since all that would be required for the situation to even approach irony, well, sorry, dude.

Notably, Brown spends absolutely no time arguing with Hillary's actual list of deplorable qualities, which is good, since he's writing for and posting on a site that celebrates and honors its own constant misogyny, and frequently dips into homophobia, Islamophobia, and generally being monsters.

Instead, he tries to turn the tables on Hillary Clinton by mentioning her past record on gay marriage and race relations.

"Like her old rival and later boss Barack Obama, she has a very chequered past of openly opposing gay marriage, the same stance conservatives are currently called bigots for holding."

Yes. They USED to oppose gay marriage. And when they did, they were bigots. In many cases they were bigots for the sake of political expediency, which is not an excuse, but still. If they still held that stance, they'd be bigots now, just like conservatives are. This is similar to a frequent argument on the right that somehow David Duke supporting Trump now is morally equivalent to Democrats supporting Robert Byrd after he quit, repudiated, and apologized for his time as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. "Used to" is not "is".

He then goes on to compare Hillary's comment to Romney's "47%" comment, even though Romney was blaming half the entire electorate using tired, ancient "welfare queen" rhetoric, and Hillary understated the Crazy Third by a solid 13%, pointed out that they're racist, and then apologized for putting a number on it, even though she was being gracious about it.

But it's Brown's closing paragraph that provides the best insight into the collective delusions of RoK and the alt-right:

"Irrespective of whether she triumphs, Clinton may have just made more enemies than she and her leftist allies can deal with. Time will tell, but this could very well be the moment we look back on and say, “This was the day Hillary lost the 2016 Presidential election.

Um, if she triumphs, nobody will be looking at any moment to say that's when she lost the 2016 election. That's what triumphing means, numbnuts. It's more than just that word that precedes "Of The Will". But more importantly, she didn't make any new enemies with that comment. Well, except for people in the media who are compelled to deny reality in order to maintain a fictional view of the electorate that lets them cover an election for two straight years. But there aren't more of you assholes because she said this. There's the same number, you're just growling and pissing for a slightly different reason now. We'll cope somehow.