Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. Today my beef is about politically motivated whitewashing.
You all know what a euphemism is, right? A euphemism is the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
Personally I’m not fond of euphemisms. I’m more of a tell it like it is kind of a guy. But in political circles these days, particularly by Republicans, there is a tendency to use euphemistic language to soften the negative impact of Donald Trump’s words or action.
The most recent example of such euphemistic language comes from the Department of Defense. On Friday, the Pentagon released a timeline of how the National Guard was activated for and responded to the January 6th storming of the Capitol building by pro-Trump activists. The DOD labeled what took place in Washington on that date as “A First Amendment Protest.”
Let’s make one thing clear. What happened last Wednesday was not a peaceful protest about Americans’ First Amendment rights. Let’s call it what it was — an insurrection and coup attempt by a large group of far-right Trump supporters. It was instigated and promoted by Trump, himself. It was a seditious act and one for which Donald Trump is about to face an unprecedented second impeachment of his first (and only) term.
So, yeah, it pisses me off to refer to what happened last week in Washington, DC as a “First Amendment Protest,” when it was, in fact, a politically motivated attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election through a violent attack on the seat of our federal government by pro-Trump thugs.
Okay, I feel a little better now.