The liberal media is running out of steam when it comes to their attacks on Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. By the end of this campaign, they’ll be reduced to sniping at Trump from behind the bleachers. “Your momma,” they’ll say, hanging their heads in defeat.
You almost have to feel sorry for them. This should have been easy. Donald Trump? The clown prince of New York City real estate? The host of Celebrity Apprentice? The guy who championed the “birther” movement? How hard could it be to take this guy down?
But he’s flummoxed them at every turn, rising in the polls every time they strike. So now, aimless and confused, the media is going to try a new tactic. Instead of attacking Trump himself, they’re going to denigrate his supporters.
With a little help from Grammarly, a website devoted to helping writers improve their skills, the media has determined that Trump supporters are…well…challenged in the grammar department. Yes, according to an analysis of Facebook comments, Trump’s supporters make more grammatical mistakes than those of any other candidate, Republican or Democrat. With 12.6 mistakes per 100 words, Trump’s fans are obviously blithering morons being led down the primrose path by a shrewd megalomaniac.
Of course, you could also argue that Trump supporters have more important things to worry about than hanging clauses and misplaced conjunctions. There are a lot of smart people out there who can’t write their way out of a paper bag. But hey, whatever you have to do to make yourselves feel superior.
It’s funny, though. Because these are the same liberals who were so desperate to protect black people from this kind of criticism that they invented a whole new language. Remember Ebonics? It’s still a thing! Of course, once the comedians had their way with it, they had to change the name to “African American Vernacular English.” So academic sounding! You’d almost believe it was a real language.
So Trump supporters don’t need to improve their grammar skills; they just need to own it. Call it “American Patriotic Alternative English” and let the grammar Nazis wrestle with their own politically-correct logic.
This would be a weak attack under the best of circumstances, but it’s particularly bizarre given the nature of Trump’s popularity. People like him precisely because he doesn’t put on airs. He doesn’t sound like a typical, smooth-talking politician. Republicans elected George W. Bush twice; do you really think we put a premium on eloquence?
Besides, is there anything more obnoxious than someone whose Facebook comments read like academic essays? These people aren’t smarter than everyone else; they simply have a lot more of their self-esteem invested in their social media personas. And if you aren’t sufficiently impressed with their mastery of the thesaurus (and their carefully annotated footnotes), they might casually mention their IQ score. That way you’ll know, beyond any doubt, that you’re dealing with a Very Smart Person.
You know, like Obama.