정치의 저주: 바이든, 트럼프처럼, 성장하는 vitriol의 표적이 된다

When the president visited Scranton last week, 한 여성이 바로 그 메시지가 담긴 수제 팻말을 들고.

보이시에서, 은퇴한 총포 제작자는 거의 동일한 메시지가 담긴 깃발을 지붕에 걸었습니다., 첨가: “And fyou for voting for him!”

These are among the episodes compiled by the Washington Post, 그것은 말한다the anger…demonstrates how a political party or cause often needs an enemy, a target of vilification that can unite its adherents — and, 이 경우, one refracted through the harshness, norm-breaking, and vulgarity of the Trump era.

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Now hold on just a moment.

먼저, I’m not wringing my hands over this. Presidents have been cursed, 강타, slimed, and otherwise taunted since we had a republic. Booing them at baseball games is a longstanding ritual. The founders themselves were vilified in newspaper screeds in fiercely partisan newspapers. Protesting is an American birthright.

WASHINGTON, DC - 십월 08: 우리. President Joe Biden announces the expansion of areas of three national monuments at the White House on October 08, 202워싱턴onDCDC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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둘째, to blame this on thenorm-breakingof the Trump years is a one-sided view. 도날드 트럼프 was subjected to four years of relentlessly awful slander, whether F-bombs were dropped or not. He was called a psychopath and a sociopath, a white supremacist, and a misogynist, and likened to Hitler and Mussolini. And some of that invective was dished out by media commentators, not average Joes hanging a sign on a roof.

So let’s not get our knickers in a twist because Biden is starting to get similar treatment, though not from most of the press.

Now I can imagine the tweeters that will be triggered by this piece. The Trump loyalists will say he was mistreated but Biden really is a clueless, senile socialist and deserves to be denounced. The Biden backers will say Trump is a crazy fascist threatening democracy and it’s the current president who’s being mistreated. That is our tribal politics.

The useful question posed by the Post piece is how 바이든, ...에서 78, became this sort of target. One of hispolitical superpowers was his sheer inoffensiveness, the way he often managed to embody — even to those who didn’t like him — the innocuous grandfather, the bumbling uncle, the leader who could make America calm, 꾸준한, even boring again after four years of Donald Trump.Boring was good.

그러나 지금, 바이든은 “increasingly becoming an object of hatred to many Trump supporters,” fueled in part by the former president’s unproven claims that the election was stolen from him.

President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One at in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., 토요일, 12 월. 12, 2020, to travel to Michie Stadium at the United States Military Academy to attend the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at West Point, 뉴욕. (AP 사진 / Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One at in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., 토요일, 12 월. 12, 2020, to travel to Michie Stadium at the United States Military Academy to attend the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at West Point, 뉴욕. (AP 사진 / Andrew Harnik)

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