政治的诅咒: 拜登, 像特朗普, 成为越来越多的尖酸刻薄的目标

When the president visited Scranton last week, 一个女人拿着一个自制的标语牌,上面写着这样的信息.

在博伊西, 一位退休的枪匠在他的屋顶上挂了一面旗帜,上面写着几乎相同的信息, 加: “And fyou for voting for him!”

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

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Now hold on just a moment.

第一, I’m not wringing my hands over this. Presidents have been cursed, 猛击, 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.

华盛顿, DC - 十月 08: 我们. President Joe Biden announces the expansion of areas of three national monuments at the White House on October 08, 2021 在华盛顿,直流电C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 摄)

华盛顿, 直流电 – 十月 08: 我们. President Joe Biden announces the expansion of areas of three national monuments at the White House on October 08, 2021 在华盛顿, 直流电. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 摄) ( (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images 摄))

第二, to blame this on thenorm-breakingof the Trump years is a one-sided view. 唐纳德·特朗普 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 拜登, 在 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, 稳定, even boring again after four years of Donald Trump.Boring was good.

但现在, Biden isincreasingly 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, 博士, 星期六, 十二月. 12, 2020, to travel to Michie Stadium at the United States Military Academy to attend the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at West Point, 。. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One at in Andrews Air Force Base, 博士, 星期六, 十二月. 12, 2020, to travel to Michie Stadium at the United States Military Academy to attend the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at West Point, 。. (美联社照片/安德鲁·哈尼克)

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