Triggered | Donald Trump Jr.

Summary of: Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us
By: Donald Trump Jr.

Introduction

In ‘Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us’, Donald Trump Jr. explores the American left’s fixation with identity politics, including race, gender, and sexual orientation. The book examines how the left gives more weight to a person’s opinions based on their identity rather than the merit of their argument. It also delves into the stifling of free speech through ‘trigger warnings’ and ‘micro-aggressions’, which affect social communication and the exchange of ideas, particularly at college campuses, and the left’s use of social media to stifle opposition.

The Left’s Identity Obsession

The American left’s fixation on Identity politics is reinforcing divisions and undermining Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream of a world where people would be judged by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. However, the current trend on the American left has been to call for more emphasis on race, gender, and sexual orientation. Instead of working to bridge the gap between people, the left is doing the opposite by accentuating differences and promoting identity politics.

Identity labels are worn like badges of honor within leftist circles, and they function as status symbols. The more “oppressed” an identity, the more social capital that person holds. And if someone does not belong to the “right” identity group, such as wealthy, white, or masculine, their opinion is not valued.

This obsession with identity politics is creating divisions rather than unity. The left assumes that people who have faced oppression are beyond reproach and valid in their claims. It leads to prejudicial thinking and unfair treatment towards individuals not belonging to the “right” group. For instance, when actors doubt the authenticity of Jussie Smollett’s assault story, they are labeled as racist on social media instantly. The left assumes that the views of such individuals who have faced oppression are always accurate, which is not true.

In conclusion, the left’s obsession with identity politics is creating more divisions and alienation instead of promoting love and unity. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamt of a world where people were not judged by their physical attributes but by the content of their character. The left must re-examine its positions and distinguish between the real goal of equality and the superficiality of identity politics.

Micro-aggressions: The Unintended Consequences

The left’s view that speech can be violent has given birth to the doctrine of micro-aggressions, where any seemingly harmless comment is interpreted as a hostile or prejudicial slight against a person. This doctrine has transformed everyday interactions into a minefield of potential abuses, making people uncomfortable and less likely to build relationships with those from different social groups. The left tends to interpret hateful intent at any opportunity, painting reasonable individuals as racists or sexists. The author questions if this doctrine might actually be exacerbating the very divisions it aims to eliminate.

The Fragility of the Left

The left’s intolerance of conservative ideas and their obsession with creating safe spaces is creating fragile individuals. In order to grow stronger, we must be exposed to challenging and difficult ideas.

The left has successfully labeled conservative discourse as hate speech, even if it’s just opinions or facts they don’t agree with. This has led to a worrying feebleness of spirit in the left, with liberal college students demanding trigger warnings, safe spaces, and censorship of offensive material. This fragility is a problem because humans are anti-fragile, meaning we grow stronger under stress. We need to be exposed to challenging ideas to develop our thinking, and college is the perfect place for this. The left’s intolerance of conservative ideas and their obsession with creating safe spaces is creating fragile individuals. In order to grow stronger, we must be exposed to challenging and difficult ideas.

The Left’s Victim Mentality

The left portrays itself as the champion of the underdog, yet their victim complex often justifies hate and violence. The 2016 presidential election is a clear example of this, where leftists refused to accept the outcome and spread hate towards the administration. It’s not just political figures, but conservative individuals as a whole whom the left intolerates, especially on college campuses. Leftist publications on these campuses even go so far as to claim that all Republicans are bigoted, racist homophobes. The irony is that while accusing the right of hate, the left is guilty of using hurtful and demeaning language towards minorities as well as physically assaulting others. The once-free speech defenders, leftists now show hate towards those who don’t share their beliefs.

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