If you were a being from another planet and watched the Left speak about President Donald Trump, you would think he was making the most horrible traits of humanity acceptable. Racism, sexism, xenophobia, hate, Nickelback. You name it, the Left blames Trump for it.
The Left has a term for this: normalizing. I know, putting a form of “normal” and “Left” in the same sentence may be violating several laws of reality, but I’m willing to risk it to give you the high quality entertainment you’re paying for. And since you’re not paying for this, the bar is very low.
What the Left thinks it means – making the unacceptable acceptable, usually reserved for the Right
What it really means – Leftists blaming Trump for what they consider to be unacceptable
The primary question, aside from what normalizing means, is “What is Trump doing to normalize what the Left says he’s normalizing?” In the Leftist hive-mind, everything Trump is doing is contributing to making what they feel is bad into something acceptable to people. And with the Left being self-righteous moralizers at their cores, they simply cannot allow anyone to have a contrary opinion. Theirs is the only opinion that matters.
Meanwhile in the real world, their opinions are usually worse informed than most Vox articles.
The truth is Trump breathing is enough for the Left to accuse him of condoning bad behavior. Even when Trump comes out and literally decries racism, sexism, etc., it’s never enough. To the Left, the narrative is more important than the truth. Think Gollum from Lord of the Rings, but with better tailors. Come to think of it, Debbie Wasserman Schultz kinda looks like…naaaaah. Not going to go there. After all, it would be rather insulting to Gollum.
The ultimate strategy for the Left’s use of “normalizing” is to get people to assume the worst about Trump, his surrogates, and anyone else who opposes them. By framing the opposition as something just this side of Hitler, the Left believes they look better by comparison. In truth, however, it tells people who are paying attention that they don’t have any real ideas. Remember Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign? Strip away the slogans, the rallies, the cheating…I mean the “winning”, and what you have is a candidate who’s main selling point was she wasn’t Trump. It’s like being a restaurant owner and saying “Sure, our food will give you indigestion, intense vomiting, and the runs, but Chipotle has had to shut down at least twice in the past year for contaminated food!”
An important concept the Left doesn’t want you to think about is accountability. They are blaming Trump for the actions of others who may or may not accurately reflect what he actually believes. Take the Charlottesville situation, for example. Before Trump uttered or Tweeted a single word, the Left already painted the white supremacists/nationalists as Trump supporters. Why? Because of Richard Spencer, someone the Left painted as a white supremacist/nationalist. Whether he is or not is subject to debate, but it didn’t matter. The Left said he was one and, because he supported Trump, everyone who supported Trump was a white supremacist/nationalist. This is going to come as a surprise to the people of color who support Trump, but, hey.
Where the Left’s idea falls apart is that it requires you to believe in a complete lack of free will and personal accountability. The Left keeps throwing out words like “dog whistles” more than a dog whistle salesman working straight commission, and when you dig into what they consider a “dog whistle” it can be anything. And when it can be anything, it turns into nothing. Here’s the twist: people will act in accordance with what they conclude is the best course of action. You can disagree with their actions, their thinking, and/or both, but that’s the nature of free will. No one else has to sign off on your decisions, and that drives the Left crazy. They need to control you so you can only make decisions they approve of.
Oddly enough (or appropriately enough, depending on your point of view), that’s normalizing totalitarianism.
Whenever you hear a Leftist talk about President Trump normalizing bad behavior, also keep in mind he or she will often project his/her faults onto others. Which current political ideology puts its stock and trade in noticing every little difference in people and then trying to exploit those differences for personal gain? Hint: it’s from the side who thinks Black Lives Matter isn’t racist, but All Lives Matter is. If that isn’t normalizing racism, I don’t know what is.