Since the election of Donald Trump as president, there’s been considerable denegration of liberals, progressives and Democrats by Trump fans and the Alt-Right who’ve resorted to derogatory language to insult us. The terms “Snowflakes” needing a “safe space” often turn to acronyms like SJW for “Social Justice Warrior” or “cuck” as short for “cuckhold” to feminize leftist men who actually respect women and women’s issues.
The phrases show up in letters to the editor published by the Orange County Register. I’ve asked Brian Calle to watch for these phrases and not lend them the legitimacy the alt-right seeks for these terms. From the LA Times piece on this:
Like most groups, the alt-right has its own code words and slang. Here are some terms they use, and other hallmarks to look out for:
Beta: Members of the alt-right are obsessed with masculinity, manhood, gender roles and the concept of “alpha” and “beta” males. Alpha males are leaders, like Trump; beta males are portrayed as weak and emasculated.
Crybaby, whiny: Anyone who disagrees with them or their preferred candidate, particularly protesters and people who complain that the alt-right is embracing racism and anti-Semitism.
Cuckservative, cuck: The term “cuckservative” originated in the alt-right. It’s a portmanteau of “conservative” and “cuckold” used to describe Republicans who are perceived to be emasculated or “selling out.” Frequently shortened to “cuck,” the term has come under scrutiny for its racist implications.
Human biodiversity: Despite the fact that many say racism is at the heart of its platform, the alt-right is very sensitive about being called racist. They use the term “human biodiversity” as a more scientific-sounding way of referring to issues of race.
Libtard: The alt-right revels in the rejection of “political correctness,” so embracing an outdated term for a person with an intellectual disability (“retard”) serves the purpose of insulting liberals.
Masculinist: A word meant to embody the opposite of feminist, celebrating “manliness” and the traditional “heroic” nature of men. To the alt-right, “masculinist” principles are ones that serve and advocate for men. Critics say they primarily reinforce antiquated gender roles.
Memes: The modern alt-right originated in places like 4chan and 8chan, which are hubs for meme creation. Meme creation is still a centerpiece of the movement. The alt-right is responsible for getting the Pepe the Frog meme classified as a hate symbol.
Multiculturalism (as a derogatory term): A major component of the alt-right platform is white supremacy and nationalism. “Multiculturalism” is used as a negative term for the blending of multiple cultures, as opposed to celebrating the supposed superiority of Western European culture. . Often used as shorthand for policies that benefit immigrants and people of color.
Snowflake: Short for “special snowflake,” a pejorative for an entitled person. Most people protesting Trump are “snowflakes,” according to the alt-right, as are anti-Trump celebrities and most liberals.
SJW: Short for “social justice warrior,” this insult is mostly reserved for young women who try to argue on behalf of liberal or feminist ideas.
White genocide: What many alt-right members feel is the natural conclusion of liberalism and pro-immigrant policies. The alt-right views just about anything that benefits nonwhite people, particularly ones who aren’t American citizens, as a risk to whiteness and a step on the road to the eradication of the white race.
The thing about snowflakes is each one is unique and add them in significant numbers and you have a blizzard on your hands.
But time and again, if you look to those sensitive souls who need a safe space, it’s Republicans. Rep. Mimi Walters has her Irvine office closed when its known protesters are coming. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher calls the cops to keep protesters away. Rep. Darryl Issa was also about Benghazi and not a peep about the military debacle in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of a Navy Seal and nine children. Not. A. Peep.
Republicans and Trump supporters decry the cast of “Hamilton” for addressing then VP-elect Mike Pence with shouts of “shut up and sing” reminiscent of Bush supporters trashing the Dixie Chicks for opposing the Iraq War. No issue taken with Ted Nugent for hateful speech during the Obama administration.
These right wingers have their panties in a bunch over Starbucks making an effort to hire immigrants and refugees, Melissa McCarthy’s portrayal of Press Secretary Sean Spicer (she’s a woman playing a man after all), Kelly Ann Conway calls folks “haters” for calling her out on her lies about the “Bowling Green Massacre” and Spicer’s “alternative facts” about Trump’s inaugural crowd, Trump’s tweets about Nordstrom dropping his daughter’s “made in China” fashion line and complaints about SNL. (BTW, there is no calorie-free extra cheese/sausage/pepperoni/bacon pizza in NYC…that’s an alt-fact pizza place).
Massive protests all over the World for the Women’s March and protests at airports over Trump’s Immigration/Muslim ban were derided by Trump and his minions. You can’t file an FOIA request via email anymore, federal agencies are censored for sharing information the President disagrees with, the White House and certain federal offices are turning off phones to stop the barrage of calls from those who oppose Trump’s every move. Congressional Republicans who’ve wasted millions of dollars over dozens of votes to repeal Obamacare and now talking about “repairing ACA.” Any story Trump doesn’t like is “fake news.”
Finally, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz gets 1,000 angry constituents telling him to “do his job” of chair of the House Oversight Committee. Utah. 1,000 people. Angry at a Republican. I’m amazed. Imagine if Clinton was elected president how many investigations Chaffetz would have launched by now?
Trump’s first military strike in Yemen was a disaster, resulting in the death of a Navy Seal and nine children. Where’s Rep. Trey Gowdy or Rep. Issa with a Benghazi-styled investigation? You have to wonder, aren’t Republicans embarrassed by the sort of president Trump has turned out to be? Why aren’t Congressional Republicans demonstrating their principled opposition to Trump’s policies? Trump hasn’t revived the GOP; he’s revealed it. I have still yet to get confirmation from a single Republican in OC who voted for Trump. Embarrassed? Your party should be.
Sorry right wingers. The sensitive petite little flowers with the thinnest skin in the nation right now is you. The left is fighting for big stuff; you’re whining about trivial matters. You can’t handle the simplest criticism. You lie without conscience. The ACLU thanks you for it — they’ve raised several times what they usually do, so when Trump says “see you in court,” the organization that defends the Bill of Rights for everyone will have the resources to say, “we look forward to it.”
So go ahead, call us “cucks” and “snowflakes” and we’ll watch you recoil in horror when Rosie O’Donnell plays Steve Bannon on SNL — beta male that he is. (Don’t like my use of your language to describe conservatives? You’ve proven my point).